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Calyen / Juneteenth Celebrations

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Interviewer: Growing up, did you celebrate Juneteenth? Calyen: Yeah. Uh-huh. Interviewer: So how was that experience like? Calyen: It was a day of barbecuing, baseball, and eating. Interviewer: Your celebrations, was it like an annual thing for the black community? Calyen: Yeah. It was a big thing. Distorted our work. Mr. Clinton’s grocery, he would close a half day on the nineteenth of June. There was a baseball park. Mr. Fax, he was a barber, he would have a big baseball game from other cities, other towns. Some of these guys would be good enough to have played major league baseball. I remember this guy Elmore and Burt Adams. Both of them were good baseball players. Could have probably—I think Mr. Burt was a professional, but he wanted his brother to be able to play with him and he kind of gave up his career to be a—but there were some great baseball players over at Fax Park. They’d have a baseball game there nineteenth of June. I was too young to play, but we would hustle baseballs. Every time they’d have a foul ball, you’d see four or five guys trying to get that ball because when you got back they’d give you a quarter. That was a big thing. Interviewer: Was the Juneteenth celebrations segregated? In terms of only the black community? Calyen: Uh-huh, yeah. Only the black community. The blacks that worked in white businesses or whatever, some of them would be given that day off. Interviewer: So, there was some white support of— Calyen: Yeah, sure.

Interview Interview with Henry Calyen
Subjects Oral Tradition
Family › Family Histories and Traditions
Family › Childhood Experiences
Housing › Neighborhoods
Housing › Neighborhoods › Residential Segregation
Community Organizations
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Interview date 2016-07-06
Interview source CRBB Summer 2016
Interviewees Calyen, Henry
Locations Conroe, TX
Duration 00:01:48
Citation "Juneteenth Celebrations," from Henry Calyen oral history interview with ,  July 06, 2016, Conroe, TX, Civil Rights in Black and Brown Interview Database,, accessed September 20, 2020