Grambling dedicates new ‘Black Town Matters’ mural

also remembers lives lost this Juneteenth
Published: Jun. 19, 2020 at 9:57 PM CDT
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GRAMBLING, La. (KNOE) - The city of Grambling celebrated this Juneteenth by dedicating a new ‘Black Towns Matter’ mural. Officials say the special message pays homage to the city’s rich history.

“This is very important that we recognize all of our ancestors who have been so successful and have done so much for us to be where we are today,” Gracie Bradford says.

Bradford and her sisters Lizzie and Dorothy made sure to celebrate the holiday’s history in their hometown. It’s something they say is important to pass on the history and legacy to the younger generation like the reigning Miss Juneteenth Lauren Washington.

“Just being able to be out here celebrating those lives that have been lost but also being able to say we’re here together. We’re unified together on Juneteenth,” Washington says.

Officials also took time to say the names of just a few people who lost their lives to police brutality. “There’s been so much pain in the news lately,” Washington says. “You can’t turn on the news without having to say someone’s name because their lives have been taken away.”

The third focus of the city’s Juneteenth involved a special message for citizens and visitors as they drive past City Hall. The city dedicated its new ‘Black Towns Matter’ street mural in front of City Hall with a parade.

Mayor Edward Jones says it’s their job to make sure everyone “understands the importance of towns and settlements established by black people,” Jones says. “To make sure they sustain, make sure they prosper and that they stay vital.”

“The history of Grambling is so rich, and it’s very important that we preserve the name of Grambling, the town of Grambling, Grambling State University, because all sorts of people from all sorts of life have gravitated from this area to be all over the united states and even in the world,” Dorothy Bradford says. “So, black towns matter, because they produce black products.”

Other towns have created similar murals in Texas, Mississippi, and Alabama.

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