ANB/ANS celebrate civil rights leaders
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Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood members and others braved the rain and wind Saturday afternoon to celebrate Elizabeth Peratrovich Day with a small parade down Main Street in Petersburg. Peratrovich was born in the community. She and her husband Roy lobbied the Territorial Legislature for the successful passage of the Anti-Discrimination Act in 1945.
Peratrovich served as a grand president of the ANS as did fellow civil rights leader, Amy Halligstad, who also lived in Petersburg.
As they marched down Main Street, the participants got applause from parade-watchers as they sang “Onward Christian Soldiers,” which is the anthem for the ANB and ANS.
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Petersburg’s Ross Nannauck III (left) and Raymond Dugaqua of Kake just before Saturday’s Elizabeth Peratrovich Day parade in Petersburg.
Petersburg is planning several days of fun events to celebrate the Independence Day holiday. Vendor and food booths are open Friday, July 3rd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, July 4th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on main street. The festivities kick off Thursday night, July 2nd at the Parks and Recreation community center. more
If you went down to Sandy Beach park on Sunday afternoon you might have been in for a big surprise.
Dozens of tents lie camouflaged in the canopy of trees. Dotted on the floor in between are juggling clubs, brass instruments and costumes of a kind of Victorian hue. This is Chautauqua land. more