TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) — Juneteenth dates back to June 19, 1865 when blacks received news in parts of the South that they were freed from slavery. This celebration means a lot to people like Deborah Moore since many slaves made their way here to Kansas after being freed.
“It just shows that we can come together and we can have something positive because a lot of the time we always get stereotyped that we can never have nothing,” Deborah Moore, vendor at Juneteenth said.
Deborah just started her clothing business for dresses. She says selling her dresses here is a great way to get support from other African-Americans.
“I’m usually in Kansas City all the time, but I did want to come back and show my face and I just wanted to support the Juneteenth and I also want people to support me. Like you have to give back to receive it.”
Juneteenth has dozens of vendors here. Some are promoting their independent business, some are giving away tickets to shows and others are here to promote positivity in the black community.
“We need something positive for us to come out and have fun and do something productive.”
Deborah says this is something the black community should have more of. Coordinator, Norma Avery says she enjoys promoting positive messages in the black community.
“Learn what your heritage is all about; how we got to this place and to know that it wasn’t a free ride,” Norma Avery, Juneteenth coordinator.