To kick off the two-day 2022 Juneteenth Celebration, members of Clay County African American Legacy Inc., friends and community united at the Garrison School Cultural Center to dedicate the Sankofa Bird sculpture.

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Princess Locke and Lauren Ferrell, members of the Gateway Highsteppers Drill Team, march down Main Street as part of the Juneteenth parade Fri…

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Liberty North's drum line has been a fixture during the past couple Juneteenth festivals.

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Lucky Easterwood, in the hat, sits with the float of the Sankofa bird. Easterwood is a Kansas City artist responsible for the permanent creati…

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The Gateway Highsteppers climb the small hill on Main Street up to the steps of Garrison.

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Rodney "Lucky" Easterwood shares some of the details of his Sankofa bird metal piece that now sits in front of Garrison. 

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Lillian Thompson, an elder in the audience Friday, June 17, places a large egg at the Sankofa bird’s feet at Garrison Cultural Center. It is f…

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Gina Houston offers the innovation for the dedication ceremony.

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Liberty Legacy Committee co-chairman Shelton Ponder stands by Vanessa Anderson, who sang "Lift Every Voice and Sing."

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AJ Byrd, CCAAL president, and Jason Starr, president of UAW 249, cut the ribbon on the side parking lot after Starr presented a check for $30,000.

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Historian Archie Williams shares some of the history of the Sankofa bird with the small crowd Friday, June 17.

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