On Saturday Salina joined in celebrating Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which ended slavery in the United States.
This year’s theme was “We Are Not Invisible.” Multiple events and activities were held throughout the day. The day began with a pancake feed, and then a parade through Downtown Salina. The highlight of the parade was a reenactment appearance by Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln. The Nicodemus Buffalo Soldiers Association Horse Riding team was also a part of the parade. The buffalo soldiers performed as they rode through Downtown Salina, riding their horses in information, chanting, and singing.
Other events included a city-wide celebration at the Carver Center featuring children’s and adult’s games, booths, exhibits, and food vendors. A scavenger hunt was also part of the festivities.
The day concluded with poetry, story telling, praise dance, and gospel music featuring The Emporia Gospel Singers and Ministerio de Alabanza, followed by a “Super 70’s Dance Party”.
The purpose of the Salina Juneteenth Celebration is to promote and cultivate knowledge and appreciation of African American history and culture. Juneteenth celebrates African American freedom while encouraging self-development and respect for all cultures.