On Saturday, June 18, a crowd gathered at Fairview Cemetery to unveil the Liberty African American Legacy Memorial that features more than 750 African Americans buried in mostly unmarked graves.

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The man, fifth from the left, Mario Gaitan holds a microphone and shares funeral rites for those buried in the potter's field at Fairview.

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Eileen Houston-Stewart served as the emcee for the morning ceremony to unveil the memorial. Standing next to her is Kenneth Isaac, Past Right …

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Diane Allen sings “Lift Every Voice and Sing” next to Kenneth Isaac, Past Right Eminent Grand Commander. More photos from all Juneteenth event…

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Members of the Eastern Stars from both Missouri and Kansas stand during the singing of "Lift Every Voice and Sing."

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The Liberty Legacy Committee receives thanks from Harold Phillips, one of the co-chairs of the committee.

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While hundreds were buried in Fairview and New Hope cemeteries with no marker, those in the potter's field now have a collective marker.

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