Success! The Board and Friends of Garrison School Cultural Center wish to thank everyone in the community who supported our special Juneteenth fundraising celebration Friday evening, June 24, 2016.
Read the Liberty Tribune article and see images of the evening
Members of the Clay County African American Legacy Inc. will host its 16th annual Juneteenth Celebration and the upcoming 140th Anniversary of Garrison School located at 502 N. Water Street at 6:00 p.m. on June 24th. Garrison, established in 1877, is the one remaining historically black educational institution still standing in Clay County. Tickets for the event are $50.00 and will include a Soul Food Dinner, Silent Auction, and musical entertainment featuring “Mark Anderson and Christian Friends” of Greater Kansas City.
Proceeds from the program will benefit the Garrison Capital Improvement Campaign and provide elementary and high school students participating in the two major educational programs, LURP (Lion and Unicorn Reading Program and ASEM (Advanced Student Educational Mentoring) an exciting, learning adventure. Since 2003, more than 4,000 students have participated in these programs hosted collaboratively with William Jewell College and the Liberty School District. For community residents who would like to become members of the Garrison School Circle of Friends, annual memberships will be available for purchase at $20.00 each. Table sponsorships are $500.00 and individual sponsorships are available from $50.00 to $500.00.
President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation that freed enslaved African Americans January 1, 1863, but many did not find out they were free until 1865 due to the war between the states still raging. Slaves in Texas did not find out they were free until June 19, 1865 and Missouri slaves did not receive their freedom until January 11, 1865. Juneteenth celebrations began in Texas where it is an official holiday, but it is only one of a number of freedom day celebrations held on various dates commemorating the end of slavery across the country. The CCAAL Inc. of Liberty is proud to host this historic event for northland community residents.
Contact: Dr. Cecelia Robinson, CCAAL Inc. Historian-816-591-6199
Success! The Board and Friends of Garrison School Cultural Center wish to thank everyone in the community who supported our special Juneteenth fundraising celebration Friday evening, June 24, 2016. More details.