Story by: Jordyn Taylor
MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Friday's fish fry in Grambling, isn't just about good times and good eating it's in honor of African American freedom. A celebration called Juneteenth.
"Juneteenth reflects upon the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by Pres. Lincoln in 1863," said Mayor Edward Jones (D) Grambling. "But the slaves didn't know that they were free until June 19, 1865."
Mayor Edward Jones said as a black community, it's important that they celebrate and inspire young people to set high goals.
"We want to keep this alive in front of our young men & women," said Jones. "To let them know where they started from."
The festivities began on Wednesday with the raising of the Juneteenth flag ceremony. The flag is a symbol to help Americans recognize freedom and African American history.
Grambling town workers are setting up tents for the weekend of events. The celebration kicks off Saturday with a parade.
"Coach Doug Williams of Grambling State University will be our grand marshal. And then we will have a day in the park," said Jones. "We'll have gospel music, and R&B and blues."
And the events aren't just for African Americans. Mayor Jones hopes everyone will come out.
"It's for everyone," said Jones. "I'm sure everyone would want to acknowledge the freedom of people in this country."