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Event honors those who paved way for Black residents in Jeanerette

Posted at 6:28 PM, Feb 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-27 23:08:55-05

KATC has been celebrating stories of Black history all month long this February.

In Jeanerette, leaders who paved the way for Black residents were honored in an event held Saturday.

The Black History event recognized people who are still living in the area who broke barriers, not only in the city, but also in Iberia Parish.

The first Black mayor, James Alexander, was honored, along with the parish's current president and first Black president, Larry Richard.

Organizers say the honorees have all contributed to the history of the area.

"We are here to honor those who have contributed to the history of Black people within the city of Jeanerette and within our parish. Matter of fact, we are honoring those that are alive, we're giving them their flowers while they can smell them," said Rev. Willfred Johnson.

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