Juneteenth is the African American celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation and the actual freeing of the last slaves in South. Many cities across America have either already celebrated this event or will during the weekend. Many Midwest cities, including Topeka, celebrated Juneteenth on June 13.
In conjunction with the Donna Rae Pearson, Local History Librarian and the Kansas Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (KAAHGS) are partnering with the LDS Family Search Center to hold a watch party on Friday, June 19 from 12:00-12:30, in the Topeka Room at the Library to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth. There will be a meet and greet with refreshments at 11:30 am. There will also be a special presentation following the Watch Party for those interested in getting involved with this commemoration.
The public is invited to view the 150th Anniversary Celebration news conference from the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, California (CAAM) via live stream media online. FamilySearch, International has partnered with CAAM, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society National (AAHGS), and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (opening on the National Mall in Washington DC in 2016) to present this live media event.
Our own Sherri Camp will be one of the speakers at the news conference. She was invited by Family Search to help commemorate this important occasion. Sherri is also the national vice president of AAHGS, and president of KAAHGS.
For more information:
Sherri Camp Donna Rae Pearson
Genealogy Librarian or Local History Librarian