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Sehvilla Mann | WMUK

The Flood Advisory has been extended to 11:15 a.m. Friday for Barry, Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties. Some roads have been closed since this morning due to flooding from heavy rainfall, reports News Channel 3.

Juneteenth display at Western Michigan University's Bernhard Center created by Miguel Ramirez, Coordinator of Diversity Education for WMU's Office of Diversity and Inclusion Photo by Andy Robins, WMUK
Andy Robins / WMUK

June 19th is "Juneteenth." The annual celebration marks the day in 1865 when African-American slaves in Texas finally learned that they were free, long after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth has long been celebrated by African-Americans in the Southern states. It has caught on in the North in more recent years.

A wide view of a tall, heavy, metal circular hatch that has been opened to the left, revealing a room with safe-deposit boxes inside.
Regina Gorham / Hidden Kalamazoo

For the past five years summertime meant a special treat for history buffs in Kalamazoo. The Hidden Kalamazoo tour took participants through fascinating, obscure places normally closed to the public. There won’t be a tour this year, but organizers have something else for fans.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Kalamazoo’s historic Mountain Home Cemetery will get some much-needed attention. A group called the Grave Issues Squad plans to clean some of the markers this summer and fall and inventory them next year.

Mountain Home Cemetery on West Main Street in Kalamazoo dates to about 1850. It is the city’s oldest active burial place. With green, rolling hills, intricate monuments and towering trees, Mountain Home is “absolutely beautiful,” said City of Kalamazoo Historic Preservation Coordinator Sharon Ferraro.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Michigan’s anti-truancy polices are backfiring, especially for students of color. That’s the message from activists in Kalamazoo who say they’re working with lawmakers on an overhaul.