Click to view full size image

Emancipation Band and Park Association, 1931

Band Park Association, 1931. Known officially as the Band and Park Association for Colored People of Huntsville, Texas. The Association formed in 1931 under the leadership of David "Dave" Williams (standing behind the band in a dark suit). The purpose of the organization was to establish a park for Huntsville's African Americans on a nine acre site in East Huntsville known as "Sims Grove" where they had been holding the Juneteenth celebration since 1914 or 1915.