Atchison kicked off its Juneteenth celebration with opening ceremonies the morning of June 12 that went throughout the evening and included the reading and presentation of the Proclamation by Mayor Abby Bartlett, Juneteenth Royalty recognitions and a drill team performance by The KC Marching Falcons.

Some of the other festivities included rides, food, drinks and local businesses in attendance, along with a memorial walk the night before in remembrance of George Johnson.

The events continued with a historical marker memorial dedication that took place Saturday at the art square, located near the viaduct in the 400 and 500 blocks of Commercial Street hosted by Atchison United and the Atchison Art Association.

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