Elba community hosting first Juneteenth parade

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ELBA, Ala. (WDHN) — For years, members of the Elba community have fought to make a change in their neighborhoods.

One member, karizmuah magwood whose carried the fight wanted it to begin with their first Juneteenth festival this Saturday.

Magwood, along with others grew up at Gaynes Water Municipal Park where it used to be filled with memories. This is why they plan on hosting the festival at this park blocking jones and adams road off.

According to Magwood, it’s the best way to display the meaning of juneteenth.

“This would be tremendous to highlight being an african american and taking pride in who we are,” Magwood said.

Staying in the Mulberry community, she partnered with the Mulberry Heights Coalition. They believe this is how they will reclaim their history and bring love back to the community they grew up in.

“I’m overly excited. I grew up in this community and I am blessed to serve in this community and so to have this event is beyond my imagination,” city councilman Johnathan Lockett said.

“The mulberry heights coalitiour goal is to reviatalize the mulberry heights area uniting families creating a safe ennvironment for them to come and fellowship with each other,” Magwood said.

Despite the virus bringing on some challenges, they are still rolling she said.

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