Members from the Lawrence Juneteenth Committee made a timely presentation to talk about this year’s community celebration. Markus Logan is a long time Lawrence resident and graduate of Leadership Lawrence and owner of Lasting Memories Entertainment. Lois Orth-Lopes is a Kansas University Graduate and retired elementary music teacher and member of numerous service organizations. Juneteenth has become a federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of slaves. Juneteenth originated in Galveston, Texas when area slaves were emancipated by federal troops.

A variety of local events are planned for June 16-19, with the big celebration on Saturday. The day starts off with a parade downtown at 11:00 am followed by a big celebration in South Park. There will be speakers, music, historical tours, vendors, social services and health representatives and a kid’s corner. Sunday will feature a tour of Maple Grove Cemetery. The celebration is intended to bring the community together and all are welcome. The Juneteenth Committee is a 501C3 organization and enjoys the support of numerous local sponsors.