TOPEKA (KSNT) – People gathered Tuesday in places across America to raise the official Juneteenth Flag at the same time in unity, and the Kansas Statehouse was no exception.
The Topeka Family & Friends Juneteenth Celebration, Inc. gathered at the statehouse to celebrate with their own special ceremony. Juneteenth is the celebration of freedom given to slaves in 1865. The Emancipation Proclamation granted slaves their freedom in 1863, however, Texas slaves did not know until two years later through an executive order read by General Gordon Granger on June 19.
“Juneteenth is a big celebration,” said TFFJC President Norma Avery. “It is honoring all of our ancestors, of all the hard work that they have done and all the things they have went through to get us to where we are now, so we want everyone to come out and unite with us.”
After the flag-raising ceremony, Avery and others participated in a unity walk that saw them parade the Unity and American flag around the block near the building.