Juneteenth event scheduled
FRANKLIN — The 18th annual “What Manner of Man Awards” banquet will be held June 21 at the Forest Restaurant located at 1905 West Main St. in Franklin. The program starts at 7 p.m. with seating beginning half an hour earlier.
The event is done in conjunction with Juneteenth celebrations and is hosted by the Martin Luther King Committee, committee member Willie Peters said.
The honorees this year are three African-American mayors, Rodney Grogan of Patterson, Raymond Harris of Franklin and Mayor Timothy DeClouet of Jeanerette, according to a news release from the committee. A posthumous award will also be presented to the family of William Bradford of Morgan City for his long-time work as a civil rights leader.
Reservations are required as no tickets will be sold at the door. Ticket prices are $25. Senior citizens get a $5 discount. Tickets can be purchased from any member of the Martin Luther King Committee or by calling Community Action Agency at 337-828-5703. Ticket sale deadline is June 18.
Juneteenth commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States, Peters said.
Juneteenth dates back to when Union soldiers, led by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free, according to the Library of Congress. The order was read on June 19, 1865, two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation which had little impact on most slaves throughout the South until the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee in April 1865.