Organizers say the spirit of Juneteenth is one of unity, an opportunity for all to commemorate a milestone in the struggle for freedom and equality, take stock of enduring injustices and celebrate the contributions of the Black community.
An advocate for Lafayette’s Black community from a young age, Prejean was instrumental in summoning public pressure to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Alfred Mouton from its perch in Downtown Lafayette in 2021. Prejean was 75.
A local coalition reconciles past and present through ceremonies of land and history. This weekend, they remember the lynching of Louis Sinclair in 1896.
Artist Lessie LeBlanc-Melancon is using the nearly 100-year-old statue itself to project her views on the statue and what it stands for — literally
Lafayette’s telling of its history has largely left out black perspective. Rick Swanson is trying to fix that.