3 days of events commemorate African American Heritage and History in SETX

Published 2:36 pm Monday, November 27, 2023

PORT ARTHUR — The African American Cultural Society, in collaboration with the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project, is sharing the schedule for a three-day commemorative event dedicated to celebrating African American heritage and history.

The public is welcome to join organizers Friday through Sunday in honoring the contributions of captive and enslaved Africans and their descendants.

Dec. 1: reception/meet and greet

  • 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Press Building Downtown, 500 4th Street in Port Arthur
  • The event kicks off with a warm reception and meet and greet at the Press Building Downtown. It’s a perfect opportunity for the community and visitors to come together, socialize and set the tone for the meaningful days ahead.

Dec. 2: Remembrance ceremony and Port Marker unveiling

  • 10:30 a.m.
  • Popeye Holmes County Park, 500 4th Street in Port Arthur
  • The highlight of the event will be the unveiling of “The Port Marker” at the historic Popeye Holmes County Park. Join us as we pay tribute to and recognize the achievements of captive Africans and their descendants and commemorate the significance of their journey.

Dec. 3: Church service

  • 11 a.m.
  • Israel Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • The commemorative event concludes with a heartfelt church service at the Israel Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. This spiritual gathering will provide an opportunity for reflection, gratitude and unity.

The three-day commemorative event is an opportunity to deepen everyone’s understanding of African American history, culture and contributions. It is a celebration of a shared history and an acknowledgment of the challenges faced and overcome.

All members of the community and visitors are welcome to participate in these meaningful and enriching experiences.

For more information and to stay updated on event details, visit portarthurjuneteenth.weebly.com or call Gail Pellum at 409-332-1709.

The African American Cultural Society is a dedicated organization committed to preserving, celebrating, and educating others about the rich heritage and culture of African Americans. Through a variety of programs, events, and initiatives, the society fosters a sense of community and appreciation for African ancestors and their descendants’ history and contributions.

The Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting local communities with conducting remembrance ceremonies and installing historical markers that honor captive Africans who perished and those who survived the trans-Atlantic voyage known as the Middle Passage and arrived at more than 80 locations on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States. These markers and ceremonies serve as a testament to their enduring spirit and indomitable strength.