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Juneteenth updates: New Juneteenth mural dedicated in Galveston

There is plenty to do to celebrate Juneteenth in southeast Texas.

HOUSTON — Juneteenth is now a national holiday, but it's been recognized here in Texas for quite some time. 

That's why we celebrate in a big way, honoring the day Galveston, Texas, slaves learned they were free. 

Get the latest updates and top headlines in our live blog below.

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Follow along with all of today's big events commemorating the holiday:

4:15 p.m. –  Trinity Gardens Gospel Choir is holding their first annual Juneteenth celebration at Trinity Gardens Park in Houston. They were joined by Mayor Sylvester Turner and other local officials as part of the celebration.

1:00 p.m.  –  Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee spoke at the dedication ceremony for the “Absolute Equality” mural in Galveston Saturday afternoon. She co-sponsored the bill that made Juneteenth a federal holiday.

12:30 p.m. –  Artist Reginald Adams and his team spoke at the their mural dedication. They spoke at length about the imagery depicted in the mural.

RELATED: New Juneteenth mural in Galveston took 27 days, 1,296 labor hours and 312 gallons of paint

11:35 a.m. –  The Society of Justice & Equality for the People of Sugar Land paid tribute to the Sugar Land 95 in a ceremony at Bullhead Camp Cemetery, located on University Boulevard in Sugar Land.

11:30 a.m. – A dedication is being held for the “Absolute Equality” mural and includes a reenactment of the distribution of General Order No. 3 with remarks from Sen. John Cornyn, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and other local leaders.

10:00 a.m.  Sen. John Cornyn, who spearheaded the effort to make Juneteenth a federal holiday along Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, spoke Saturday morning at the celebration in Galveston. He presented a framed copy of Senate Bill 475.

KHOU 11 presents 'Juneteenth: 1865-2021'

June 19, 1865 was a date that means so much to Texas. On that day in Galveston, Texas, slaves learned they were free. But actually realizing that freedom? It didn’t come easy. 

We're looking back at the meaning of Juneteenth and its history here in southeast Texas. Watch the full program below.