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31st Annual Juneteenth Celebration held at the Douglass Activity Center in MHK


MANHATTAN, Kansas (WIBW) – The 31st Annual Juneteenth Celebration in Manhattan brought festivities to the Douglass Activity Center.

Community members walked from Longs Park to the Douglass Activity Center, to begin the Juneteenth festivities.

Works by local artists were displayed inside the activity center and were then auctioned off.

Before the barbecue lunch, the new mural inside the Douglass Activity Center was unveiled, with each section of the mural linked to the history of the Douglass Center.

New mural unveiled at Douglass Activity Center in Manhattan as part of Juneteenth celebration(WIBW)

“I’m so glad we had a good turnout for the community. Juneteenth is not only about liberation from slavery, but today it is also about bringing people together. Douglass Activity Center director Dave Baker said.

Members of the Riley County Police Department prepared spare ribs and burgers for lunch, with side dishes provided by Hy-Vee in Manhattan.

Afternoon activities included a cash back for the kids and a local ‘celebrity’ car wash, with a K-State men’s football and basketball player attempting to defeat the service team. Manhattan Fire Department, as the best car wash crew.

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