GRAMBLING, La -- - To know where you're going you have to know where you've been.
For the city of Grambling this is a time to remember.
Phyllis Miller, Grambling's Special Projects Coordinator, knows says there's a lot that people don't know about the beginning of this city.
"Grambling has very deep and rich history..and it's up to us to pass that along to the next generation," Miller said.
In Grambling, a full week is spent celebrating June 19th.
The end of slavery for much of the south and the beginning of a city born in the church.
Dr. Sarah Dennis is a professor at Grambling State University but also a part of the city's Historic Preservation Committee.
"Church is really the root the base of the black community," she said.
"The churches were really a place of refuge even before emancipation blacks secretly met," Miller said.
Mt. Zion Baptist Church, was founded three years after the Civil War. The first symbol of hope and the rise of the black community.
Five more churches would follow. A future platform for some of the city's best and brightest.
"The churches supported the education of African Americans," Miller said.
"Strong people who are educated and who have really participated quite a bit in public policy making and education and the sciences," Dennis said.
A reminder of where the strength of this community comes from.
"Grambling, the university as well as the community, is built on faith in God.
Almost 150 years later, people are still working to make sure that legacy is never forgotten.
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