SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — Two days of Juneteenth celebrations start Friday night in Sherman, highlighting some key elements of Sherman's Black history.

Juneteenth is the new federal holiday that celebrates African-American culture by recognizing the day in 1865 that freedom was proclaimed for Texas slaves. 

"It's not forbidden to look back… to look forward to positive results," said Kurt Chichowski, chair of the Sherman Riot of 1930 Historical Marker Initiative.

A walking tour of the city's former Black business district will open the event Friday at 7 p.m. in the 200 block of East Mulberry Street. Stops include the spot where George Hughes was hanged in the 1930 riot.

If you consider yourself a history buff, the tour tour is definitely for you. But if you'd like to celebrate the holiday with the family, head to MLK Park on Saturday.

"We have a guy who's willing to come up and bring some horses out for the kids," said Grayson United president Erik Jackson. "It's a big huge tradition to give them explanations and information on Black cowboys and their role in Texas and in the South."

Whether it's learning about the past or having fun as a family, organizers want anyone who attends to walk away with some added knowledge and understanding.

"Even if you have something as horrific as the lynching and hanging of a Black man who never got his day in court, from that we can rededicate ourselves," Chichowski said.