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Juneteenth Reunion & BBQ Cookoff at Hopewell Rosenwald School 2023

June 10

June 10, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

12:00pm - 5:00pm

On Saturday, June 10, the property owned by McDonald’s family will be the centerpiece of the 2023 Bastrop County Juneteenth celebration and BBQ Cookoff at the historic Hopewell Rosenwald School located in Cedar Creek, Texas. The celebration will feature foods that are historic to the African American community, whether dishes served to those who were enslaved, or cuisine that may originated in other places but modified based on available ingredients. In keeping with the ‘Reunion’ theme, families and former students from Hopewell Rosenwald and other African American schools in Bastrop County are encouraged to attend this free event, though everyone is invited.

The Hopewell Community Club will host the open house, led by Elroy Williams who was married to Sophia McDonald, a direct descendent of Martin McDonald. The club has worked for nearly a decade to restore the school, and this is its first major public event since receiving an historic designation on July 15, 2015. There will be games, an antique sale, refreshments and, most importantly, conversations with former students and family members of those who attended the school.

Parking and shuttle will be available at Memorial Stadium, 755 TX-21, Cedar Creek TX 78612.


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