Carencro, LA - Move the Mindset, along with other local organizations, gathered today for a memorial ceremony to honor African Americans who were lynched during the Reconstruction Era.
President of Move the Mindset Fred Prejean says over 4,400 black people were lynched during that period including five in Lafayette. That's where soil was collected today from the site of the lynching's.
"A little over 500 of those were lynched here in Louisiana and five individuals were lynched here in Lafayette Parish...for the most part, no one was ever prosecuted for the lynching's," Prejean said.
He says Move the Mindset also hopes to educate the community on a part of history that schools often omit. "[We want] to try to educate our community as to the kind of lifestyle black people had to live because of slavery, because of segregation and now even mass incarceration."
He says it’s time to change the stories about Black people in America that have been told for far too long. "There’s been so many false narratives about the history of black people and there’s been such an absence of actual history that is taught. We’re trying to change that," said Prejean.
There were two jars of soil collected today. One of which will be sent to the Equal Justice Initiative Museum in Montgomery, Alabama and the other will remain in Lafayette.
You can re-watch the ceremony here.