As part of the ongoing Juneteenth activities going on throughout Madison Parish this week and weekend, the Village of Delta on Friday named a portion of Highway 3218, near First Street, for the late Madam C.J. Walker.
Walker, a Delta native, is widely regarded as not only an entrepreneur and philanthropist, but also as the first self-made millionaire in the United States thanks to her success launching a line of cosmetics and hair products specifically designed for Black women.
Friday, a host of dignitaries, guests and local residents gathered in Delta to honor Walker with a special program marking her name being given to the roadway.
Kay Morgan with the Louisiana Juneteenth Association said Friday's dedication was about more than honoring Walker alone.
"This program will be one of celebration and rejoicing," Morgan said.
State Rep. C. Travis Johnson echoed Morgan's sentiment, adding Walker's contributions are representative of the strides made by African Americans in the United States.
"She was a diamond in the rough," Johnson said. "Imagine what she went through as a woman. As a Black woman. When I think about her. When I think about this community, this is the beginning of a vision. You can't move forward without vision. We're all going to have to come together. Work together."
For the complete story from Friday's event, including more photos from the street-naming ceremony, pick up a copy of the Thurs., June 24, edition of the Madison Journal.