civil war

Earlene McMichael / WMUK

Every year, we celebrate our independence from Great Britain on the Fourth of July. But did you know that, in most states, there’s another independence day that some people also celebrate? It’s called Juneteenth, a 150-year-old African-American tradition that’s very much alive in Kalamazoo. But if Juneteenth has been around for 150 years, why haven’t more people heard of it?


Benjamin Pritchard led mission to capture Confederate President

Matthew Brady / Leslie Goddard

In 1861 Clara Barton saw soldiers marching off to the Civil War – and returning with injuries that had barely been treated.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The Civil War changed Kalamazoo. But for many people, daily routines – and favorite entertainments – went on.

Chicago Review Press

      

Ned Sublette splits his time between writing books about history and writing and performing music. A two day visit to Kalamazoo has allowed him a chance to show off both talents.