Launch of self-guided walking tour commemorates Juneteenth

GRAAMA celebrates Juneteenth with walking tour

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Juneteenth falls every year on June 19 and commemorates the arrival of Union soldiers in Galveston, Texas to deliver the news that black slaves were to be freed.

Leaders from the Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives are trying to revive an official observance of Juneteenth in Grand Rapids. Part of that plan includes a walking tour of black history in the city.

The GR Walks app was recently developed by Calvin College and on Thursday, June 15, a self-guided walking tour of African American history in Grand Rapids was added to the app.

The tour covers 11 points of interest over two miles, beginning in Lyon Square. It was created with the help of GRAAMA and Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.

"For us, it's all about African American history and culture and any way that we can support other groups doing things here or institute things ourselves, we will do it," said George Bayard, the executive director of GRAAMA.

The app is a free download in the Apple App Store and Android's Google Play.

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Matt Gard is the Senior Producer of the 13 Morning News. If you have a story idea, you can contact him on Twitter, @mgard_wzzm13 or by e-mail, MattGard@wzzm13.com.

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