Lafayette County Juneteenth Foundations announces its Spirit of Freedom nominees
We invite you to join the Lafayette County Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 15, 2013. The event will be held at the Fairground Park in Higginsville, MO from 10 am to 6 pm. This is a free family-oriented event that has been held annually since 2005. The theme of the event is “Freedom For All.” The event is sponsored by the Lafayette County Juneteenth Foundation and Arron Haynes is chairperson. The mission of the Lafayette County Juneteenth Celebration is to promote and cultivate knowledge and appreciation of African-American history and culture while encouraging self-development and respect for all cultures. The Lafayette County Juneteenth Foundation is a Non-Profit Organization under 501C3. Arron Haynes is the chairperson for this event. After the 10 am parade that starts downtown and travels to the Fairground Park, we gather for a time to be grateful and give praise to the Lord at our opening ceremony Reverend Wilbur Conway is our speaker. Dale Felder, local reenactor is presenting on President Abraham Lincoln.
We are hosting the 2013 Spirit of Freedom honors to area African Americans who were the first to graduate from the Lafayette County, MO high schools that had finally integrated in 1956.
HIGGINSVILLE HIGH: TRAVIS BENTON, JAMES CALBERT (deceased) , REVEREND WILBUR CONWAY, MYRLON EDWARDS, EDWARD HAYNES, FREDRICK SMITH.
LEXINGTON HIGH: JAMES BOLTON (deceased) , SOPHIA BOLTON HAYNES (deceased) , JOHN L. SLAUGHTER (deceased) , ROBERT LEE SMITH, NINA MILLER DIXSON.
ODESSA HIGH SCHOOL: ZELMA WEST RICHARDSON
We ask that others from the Higginsville High School , Lexington High, and Odessa High Schools Class of 1956 and those who were in the younger grades attend this ceremony and be in support of their class members. Also, the families of the deceased graduates are being contacted to stand in for their loved ones.
Special recognition and honors will be presented to the graduates by the superintendents of the representative high schools and other dignitaries.
We have added another day of activities with our Friday Night Fish Fry to be held on Friday, June 14, 2013 from 5 pm to 8 pm. This evening will include the Spirit of Freedom honorees share their stories, in addition to fish fillet dinners for purchase, trivia, and music.
Being on the other side of history, we now recognize the historical significance of this past hour. We are forever grateful for all communities who helped to make the transitions in our county smooth and safe for all students.
Juneteenth started on June 19th, 1865. This is considered the date when the last slaves in America were freed. Although the rumors of freedom were widespread prior to this, actual emancipation did not come until General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas and issued General Order Number 3. The General Order was issued two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
Let it also be known that in Lafayette County, MO “Juneteenth Really Matters to Us!”
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