JuneteenthICT is bringing a month of celebrations to Wichita.
Ti’Juana Hardwell, a volunteer for JuneteenthICT, said she is looking forward to the event’s annual parade, which was canceled last year.
“The parade is kind of like that big, huge announcement that, ‘Hey, JuneteenthICT is here,’” Hardwell said.
Juneteenth, short for June 19th, was the day Union troops freed about 250,000 slaves in Galveston, Texas. That happened more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.