The Descendants Project Holds Land Blessing Ceremony to Honor Juneteenth

Published 6:43 am Thursday, June 16, 2022

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The Descendants Project is honoring Juneteenth and the unmarked burial grounds of the enslaved with a Land Blessing Ceremony on Sunday, June 19th, at the end of West 7th Street in Wallace, LA 70090. The program will occur from 10 am to 11 am, with a reception at the Fee-Fo-Lay Cafe, 5593 Highway 18, Wallace, LA 70090. In attendance will be U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva, Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee and an author of the Environmental Justice for All Act, who is visiting the area at the request of the Descendants Project. The ceremony will also stress the importance of the African American Burial Grounds Preservation Act to descendant communities.

The celebration will include music, prayers, and blessings to honor the enslaved, most likely buried on the property to be used by Greenfield, LA LLC for a proposed grain terminal.  Despite the high probability of unmarked burial grounds on the site, Greenfield is continuing with plans to drive pilings in the ground, potentially desecrating graves.  “While Greenfield continues to ignore our pleas to stop their destruction of our sacred land, people around the world are speaking out to protect our community and heritage,” says Banner, co-founder of The Descendants Project. Vocal opponents now include  Marc Morial,  President of the National Urban League and former mayor of New Orleans. Morial stated in a recent letter he is reaching out to Civil Rights groups across the nation to oppose Greenfield’s project.

This year marks the second time The Descendants Project is hosting a land blessing ceremony in honor of Juneteenth. The organization is now adding drumming and singing as part of the multicultural program. The program will also honor the Indigenous people for their contributions to the culture and their respect for the land through songs and blessings led by members of the United Houma Nation.

The Descendants Project encourages those who wish to attend the event to register through the following link and wear white attire. For more information about the Land Blessing Ceremony, contact Jo Banner at or by phone at 225-206-1993.