I would like to commend W.T. Edmonson, Gwendolyn Edmonson and the rest of the 2011 Juneteenth planning committee for their excellent work this year and every year.
They spend all year planning this freedom-from-slavery event.
Particularly inspiring was the Friday evening event at Lincoln University's Soldiers Memorial. Participating were the "Buffalo Soldiers" from the Kansas City Chapter 9th and 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association.
After the wreath-laying ceremony they presented a video of the history of African-American participation in the U.S. military.
The most inspiring part of the event came from the audience. Mrs. Elizabeth Wilson, Lincoln University librarian, retired, proposed the creation of an African-American history museum at Lincoln University.
She cited Lincoln's rich history, including its founding by contributions of the 62nd and 65th Colored Infantries at the end of the Civil War.
Such a museum would be good for the City of Jefferson. It would get black people and white people working together toward a common goal. It would bring people together. It would bring tourism dollars into this great city.
I thank Ms. Wilson for suggesting this idea. I urge everybody to give her their full support.