Juneteenth will be celebrated at the Peyton Colony SchooI grounds located on Peyton Colony Road, off of Rural Route 165, Blanco County, Texas. We will be using the facilities at Mt. Horeb Baptist Church again this year. It will be held on June 19, 2010, and will begin at 10:00am, with food being served at 1:00pm. Lawrence Coffee will barbecue the briskets and Robert Jones will be barbecueing chicken and sausage, and the rest of us will be cooking all the trimmings, and baking desserts. Plates are available by donation, and donations will be used to repair the well and school house.
We’ve made some headway on the school, and have leveled part of the building, but still have more leveling to do, so you won’t be able to enter into the building. But you’ll be able to look through the windows and walk around the perimeter, to see the progress. We have electricity now, so the men can use their power tools. Our goal is to be able to hold Juneteenth in the school house next year.
Peyton Colony received a historical marker last year, and since the school grounds are not fenced off, it was felt that the safest place for it was at the corner of the Mt. Horeb Baptist Church grounds. School was taught in the church before the actual school house was built, so it is proper to be there.
The history of the settlement is on the historical marker, and it’s very interesting. Peyton Colony was established by a group of freed persons in 1865 and was called Freedmen’s Colony by white settlers, but always known as Peyton’s Colony by the blacks, because Peyton Roberts was their leader.
They built a lime kiln and made mortar to build buildings in Blanco County. It’s on RR 165 at the rest stop, if you ever want to see it. They even had a post office and named it Board House, for the man whose building it was housed in.
The Mount Horeb Baptist Church was organized in 1874 and originally was a log cabin, which served as the church and school house. Today Peyton Colony is remembered as the realization of the dreams of ex-slaves to establish a community of freed persons.
I can’t imagine a human being not being free to live as he or she wants to. But there are still people today who are not free. They are trapped in all kinds of situations, and for some their living conditions are horrific. We should never stop praying for our freedom, and always be thankful to our Lord God for our freedom. Take time to thank a veteran for their service to our country. For those of you who are reading, if you have fought for our freedom, I truly thank you, and don’t take it as an easy thing that you did. I cannot imagine what you endured, but I appreciate you, and pray that our Lord bless you for your sacrifices that you made for all of us here in America today.