IN OBSERVANCE OF

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

THE SALINA JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION COMMITTEE

PRESENTS

A MEMORIAL SERVICE AND GRAVE
MARKERS DEDICATION

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2009, at 3:00 p.m.

IN REMEMBRANCE OF FORMER SLAVES:

DANA ADAMS
DAVID TAYLOR
LARRY LAPSLEY
FANNIE AND SYDNEY DE PRIEST

at

QUAYLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
725 COMMANCHE AVE.
SALINA, KANSAS

Rev. Bernard McFarthing, Host Pastor

Dedication of Grave Markers at Gypsum Hill Cemetery

THE OCCASION

Several years ago Judy Magnuson Lilly, Salina Historian, researched and designed a Gypsum Hill Cemetery Self-Guided Tour of thirty interesting citizens of the past who now reside at Gypsum Hill Cemetery. Among those thirty individuals were four gravesites of
ex-slaves.

Included in last year’s Salina Juneteenth Celebration activities was a Black History Bus tour which stopped to visit these former slave gravesites. Two of the gravesites were unmarked and consequently difficult to locate. The other two gravesites had upright monuments; however, after more than a century the weather had worn the lettering down to where it was barely legible.

A few weeks after the bus tour, a committee member was approached by one of the bus tour passengers. The anonymous Salina citizen was very impressed by the history of these four gravesites and felt it important enough to identify and preserve these gravesites. He offered to obtain funds to refurbish the monuments. With this generous incentive, the committee was motivated to pursue this special historical project.

When Ivan Peterson of the Memorial Arts Co. was told about the proposal, he was excited and moved. He said his company would like to participate in this very worthy project. Restoration was completed on the two upright monuments and new granite headstones were placed at the other two gravesites.

Today, we thank God that after more than 100 years, we are gathered to memorialize and recognize these individuals who are very much a part of Salina’s history and to dedicate their restored grave markers during Black History Month.

 

 

 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

MEMORIAL SERVICE AND DEDICATORY SERVICE

Sunday, February 22, 2009, at 3:00 p.m.

Sis. Dorothy Jones, Mistress of Ceremony

Welcome Sis. Jackie Anders
Juneteenth Chairperson

Opening Prayer Rev. Louis Winn
Pastor, New Jerusalem MBC

Scripture Rev. Dee Williamston

Song :“Lift Every Voice and Sing”
Sis. Ramona Newsom

Rev. Stephen Davison
Pastor, Living Word

The Occasion: Sis. Barbara Knight
Program Coordinator

PAST REFLECTIONS OF EX-SLAVES

Dana Adams

Minister Robert Cunningham
Loyd Memorial Church

David “Napper” Taylor

Rev. Bernard McFarthing
Quayle United Methodist Church

Sydney and Fannie DePriest

Rev. Brandon Cheeks
Minster, St. John’s MBC

Larry Lapsley

Mr. Charlie Roth
State Representative

Song “We Shall Overcome” Musicians

Remarks and Closing Prayer
Rev. Allen Smith
Pastor, St. John’s MBC

Processional to Gypsum Hill Cemetery in church vans for dedication of grave markers.
 

GRAVE SIDE SERVICES
Poetry read by Dorothy Jones

 

 

FANNIE AND SYDNEY DEPRIEST

Placement of Flowers and Flags and Dedication of Restored Marker by  
Rev. Brandon Cheeks

Grave Site Blessing by
Father Kerry Ninemire

DANA ADAMS

Placement of Flowers and Flags and Dedication of New Grave Marker by Minister Robert Cunningham

Grave Site Blessing by
Father Kerry Ninemire

DAVID TAYLOR

Placement of Flowers and Flags and Dedication of New Grave Marker by
Rev. Bernard McFarthing

Grave Site Blessing by
Father Kerry Ninemire

LARRY LAPSLEY

Placement of Flowers and Flags and Dedication of Restored Marker by
Rep. Charlie Roth

Grave Site Blessing by
Father Kerry Ninemire

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The committee wishes to thank:

The anonymous Salina Citizen who inspired us to accomplish this historical event;

The Memorial Arts Company;

Judy Lilly for her research;

David Hardman for his art display;

Quayle United Methodist Church for hosting this service;

St. John’s MBC for use of their vans; and

All those who had a part in making this occasion possible.

SALINA JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Jackie Anders      Sharol McMilan
Joe Jackson      Vickie Wilcher
Bruce Lacy

MEMORIAL SERVICE COORDINATORS
Dorothy Jones      Barbara Knight

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