Liberty celebrates Juneteenth Saturday

06/24/2014 11:14 AM

06/24/2014 11:14 AM

The grand opening of a gallery featuring the history of African-Americans in Clay County are among the highlights of this year’s Juneteenth Celebration in Liberty on Saturday.

The event begins at noon at the historic Garrison School, 502 N. Water St., where art from African-American artists is diplayed. Tickets for the ribbon-cutting are $10.

The Ken Robinson Juneteenth Jazz Scholarship Fundraiser also will be part of the celebration. Money raised from that event will benefit the Garrison School Capital Improvement campaign and help fund scholarships for minority youth attending college in the fall.

Barbecue chicken wings, hamburgers and hot dogs will be sold from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The AKA Band, featuring C.J. Walker, will perform at 1 p.m. The Liberty Jazz Ensemble, Brothers United of First Baptist Church, and Tom and Bobby Pender also will perform.

Juneteenth is a commemoration of the freedom that was bestowed belatedly upon slaves in Texas. It wasn’t until June 19, 1865 — about two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation — that Union Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston to inform the slaves of Texas that they were free.

| Glenn E. Rice, grice@kcstar.com

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