Fort Worth Convention and visitors Bureau Blog

“Every herd going up the trail stopped here in Fort Worth to replenish supplies. After selling their herds, the drovers would stop here once again to spend their hard-earned money. Because of Fort Worth’s significance to the cattle drives, our city earned its most enduring nickname, Cowtown.” 
Mrs. Opal Lee, activist, educator and community leader well-known for her contributions in Fort Worth, was born in Marshall, Texas, and lived there for 10 years of her life. Her first recollections of Juneteenth - the holiday that commemorates the end of slavery on the date that news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas in 1865 - were of the festivities held at the fairgrounds in the piney woods of her hometown.