Broadway will be
closed between 8th Street and Calumet starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 19
for a peaceful solidarity march commemorating Juneteenth, the June 19
holiday celebrating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans.
Chief Dave Cincoski said in a release Wednesday morning that there will be
no parking on the north side of Broadway between Calumet and 3rd Street
starting at 3 p.m. Friday in anticipation of the event. Parking is available
in the lot across from the Police Department and along the street on
Broadway past 3rd Street, the release said.
also required to wear masks and practice social distancing. Limited amounts
of water will be available at the start and finish of the march and along
the procession route.
Becky Uehling and Mark Strudas organized the event. Participants are asked
to gather in the parking lot across from the Police Department and will
begin a march to Thomas Centennial Park at 5 p.m. Chesterton resident and
broker/owner of Better Homes and Garden Real Estate Connection of Crown
Point Clarence Webb will speak at the park, as well as Stanford University
Senior Angel Smith, an award winning poet and filmmaker. Other speakers may
still be determined, according to the release.
bicycles are welcome and encouraged; those attending are encouraged to bring
their own water to stay hydrated and wear black, green, or red in solidarity
with other Juneteenth events; and participants should not leave behind any
garbage, Studas said in a post to the public Facebook event for the march.
“This is a
Juneteenth/BLM solidarity march. It is meant to be peaceful, supportive,
educational, and celebratory,” Strudas said in the post.
commemorates June 19, 1865, which is the day General Gordan Grange informed
African-Americans in Galveston, Tex. of their freedom some two and a half
years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, according to the
Chesterton Police release.
come to represent the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the U.S.
and currently, there is a push to recognize Juneteenth as a national
holiday. One of General Granger’s first orders of business was to read to
the people of Texas, General Order Number 3, which began most
significantly with: ‘The people of Texas are informed that in accordance
with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are
free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property
between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing
between them becomes that between employer and hired laborer,’” the release
The release cites
the Juneteenth.com World-wide Celebration website, which says, “Juneteenth
commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and
achievement. It is a day marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics,
and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a
time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its
growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long
overdue. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities
and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our
history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized
to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make
significant and lasting improvements in our society.”