Edinburg marked Juneteenth with a ceremony at Restlawn Cemetery, the city’s historic black burial ground. A plaque with historical information about the city’s African-American community was unveiled at the cemetery.
The plaque highlights Joseph Daniel Callis, a former Edinburg Daily Review reporter and sports writer for the Pan American University student newspaper who died unexpectedly at the age of 19.
Clarence Callis told a story about when his brother was sent to do astory for the Review. He was to interview presidential candidate George Wallace. Upon Danny’s arrival to his office, Wallace layed his verbal abuse on hard. Danny stood there and just listened taking notes in his head, his brother said. At one point Wallace told Danny that “his people” weren’t worth anything. That’s when Danny’s silence ceased and told Wallace about his grandfather who died serving his country in WWII. Danny walked out and wrote a column about Wallace and it was published in the Review.