One Topeka woman brought Juneteenth to the Capitol City this year.
It is the first time people across the city celebrated the Family and Friends Juneteenth celebration, a holiday that commemorates the abolition of slavery. As part of the festival, there was live music, local vendors, and volunteers were serving up food. The most important part of the celebration focused on the historical aspects of Juneteenth. Norma Avrery decided to make the Juneteenth celebration something special in Topeka again.
“We need to make sure that we’re not forgotten, because we’re here, we’re not going anywhere. And we want our kids to realize that: just to learn and embrace our history,” said Rosalyn Carr and Norma Avrery, Family and Friends Juneteenth Committee members.
The celebration began as a way to remember the past and celebrate the present.