Family Reunion T-Shirt Design Contest

Will you design the t-shirt for our next reunion? All children ages 5 – 16 are invited to participate! Selected design will be announced on July 31.

Dear family,

We are excited to invite children to take part in designing the t-shirt for Washington, DC reunion between July 7-10, 2022. CLICK ON FLYER BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS.


● Children ages 5-16 years (adults may assist with spelling and placement only)

● A family member (your child or grandchild/children)

Design Requirements:

● The family name (Lambert – Harvey – Govan – Turner) must be on the front or back

● The reunion city’s name, date, and year must be on the front or back

● Please use the template provided below

● Be Creative – create a fun design with bold and bright colors (no more than three colors)

● Indicate the base color of the shirt

● Include your name with your submission

● Each child who submits a design will be rewarded at the 2022 reunion for participating

Selection Criteria:

• The committee will select the winner of the contest

• The winning t-shirt design will be announced on July 31, 2021

Deadline: July 18, 2021

If you have any questions regarding the t-shirt design contest, please contact Jeanette Walton (901-650-0391) at or Veronica Adams at Please submit all entries via email to Jeanette or Veronica by July 18, 2021.

If you would prefer to submit via mail, please using the following mailing address:

Jeanette Walton

5047 Bartonwood Drive

Memphis, TN 38141

Good luck!


Happy Juneteenth Cousins! June 19th celebrates the day in 1865 when the slaves of Galveston, Texas were told by federal Union troops that they were free. By then the Civil War was over and the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery had passed in Congress but news traveled slowly in those days and parts of the Confederacy continued with slavery until Union troops showed up. Now, what about slaves in Tennessee?

Well, in Tennessee slavery had officially continued until then governor, Andrew Johnson proclaimed all slaves were free on October 24, 1864 . You see Tennessee was not included in the original Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. That presidential order only applied to slaves of states in active rebellion against the Union. Nashville had been occupied by Federal troops in 1862 and was not considered in “active” rebellion so slavery continued.

You can only imagine how happy our ancestors were when freedom finally came on the plantations of John Walker Jones and his son Caleb! FREE AT LAST, FREE AT LAST! THANK GOD ALMIGHTY WE’RE FREE AT LAST!