Preston Washington to Present at 2013 Lafayette County, MO Juneteenth Celebration

Lafayette County Juneteenth Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 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. Preston Washington is a featured speaker and his presentatin will be in the Ed Schwitsky 4-H building at 1:30 to 2:15 pm. He is presenting about his Afro-Native American Indian heritage, emancipation in Indian territory and genealogy resources and tips

Preston is a life long resident of Kansas City, Mo. He is a retired police officer (1980), probation-parole officer (1991), and drug/alcohol counselor (2012). Preston is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Missouri State Genealogical Association. He is president of the Midwest Afro-American Genealogy Interest Coalition (M.A.G.I.C.).

Preston’s research specialty centers around the freedmen of the five civilized tribes (Cherokee, Choctaw, Muscogee-Creek, Chickasaw, and Seminole nations). Freedmen were ex-slaves held in bondage by the Five Civilized Tribes.

Preston’s research efforts resulted in his mother’s election to the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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