UPDATED: Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 8:39pm
COLLEGE STATION, Tx (KYLE) — 148 years ago General Granger rode into Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation more than two and a half years after it was signed.
Even though the official Juneteenth anniversary is still several days away , hundreds are already celebrating in Bryan-College Station.
One foot in front of the other, step by step; to understand what someone's been through you must first walk a mile in their shoes and that's exactly what more than 100 kids from the Lincoln Recreation Center summer camp are doing.
"To be able to walk and not worry what's going to happen, to be able to go to a school that I wouldn't have been allowed in is a blessing and makes you just appreciate even more," said Moniqua Shaw.
Thursday morning the group made the nearly two-mile trek from the Lincoln Center to the George Bush Presidential Library for the 11th annual Freedom Walk.
"The whole purpose is to continue the legacy and commemorate this event through an educational opportunity," said organizer and Lincoln Recreation Center supervisor, Lance Jackson.
It's a freedom walk with many meanings.
One that symbolizes not only the struggles slaves faced on a daily basis back then.
"[It make you] realize just how much our ancestors have been through and how simple walking is," said Regina May. "You get to do it now for free but they really didn't get to do it that much."
But it also represents where we are going.
"We have strides that we need to take and we can't just take what we have [and be complacent]."
Marching not only for our past but also our future.