Juneteenth at Fort D
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Today is officially Juneteenth, and Fort D Historic Site in Cape Girardeau held its first-ever celebration for the holiday.
Private Company E First Missouri Engineer Bill Edelman says this is the first year Fort D has done Juneteenth because it’s now a federal holiday.
“This is the commemoration of Juneteenth which is the first year we’ve done that. Normally,” Edelman said, “We’re here Memorial Day Independence Day and Labor Day weekend, and then veteran’s day but Juneteenth we have not done before.”
Phyllis Sides, who came to see the event, says it’s a great part of the Juneteenth celebration. was a great cap off to Cape Girardeau’s first-ever community-wide Juneteenth celebration.
“It’s a great part of the Juneteenth celebration and it’s appropriate it should be here since this was a union Fort overlooking the river [to actually guard the river] as part of the war against the confederacy so,” said Sides.
This event was a way to bring attention to Fort D’s work to keep history alive as well as shed light on other parts that are lesser-known.
“We like people to know about the site, know what happened here and a lot of them had ancestors that may have been here and they’re not aware of it as well,” said Edelman.