Juneteenth 2023 Photo Gallery

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Kennard’s Alumni Association kicked off summer with their “Annual Juneteenth Celebration”.  This year’s event opened with a parade that started at QAC High School, proceeded down Kidwell Ave before turning onto Brown Street, leading to the Juneteenth Festival at Kennard African American Cultural Heritage Center (KAACHC).

The festival opened with the playing and singing of the Negro National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice”, followed by the reading of a proclamation by the QAC Commissioners and a citation from the Governor’s Office and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture.  The opening program also recognized the creation of the new “Kennard High School’ mural at the entrance to the KAACHC and Museum.  The mural was painted by a “Third Generation Kennardian”, Ms. Charlese Phillips.  This was followed by the dedication of the new “Kennard African American History Library”, recognizing those responsible for funding the library’s creation.

The festival showcased over 40 vendors and information booths, including wonderful food choices.  There was marvelous entertainment throughout the day, featuring gospel and African American cultural music, African drummers and dancers, African attire fashion show, and even a “Pop Up” line dance demonstration.  There were games and entertainment for kids, seminars for those interested, and of course, Kennard’s African American History Museum exhibits.

Enjoy these great photos from the event by Doug Bishop!

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