The United States celebrates Black History Month in February, and Bastrop celebrates this with its Morehouse Heritage Parade, the first of which was held this week in 1987.

Called the Black Heritage Parade, it was sponsored by a local group including C.K Rodgers, Ethel Robinson, Mable Watkins, Barbara Mansfield, Mr. and Mrs. Perry Smith Sr., Charles Strickland, Jay H. Moore, Obie Johnson, and Vivian Thurston.

The parade took place on Saturday, February 21, and Strickland, the former Morehouse High School Band Director and a businessman, served as grand marshal. The theme was “African-Americans and the Constitution: Colonial Time to Present.”

Local civics clubs, churches, and sororities rode in cars and on floats displaying symbols and facts about black history, and Girl and Boy Scout troops participated as well. Bands from Delta High and other schools marched in the parade. The parade began at Bastrop Junior High East and Ended at Bastrop Junior High West.

Today, the Morehouse Heritage Parade is an important part of the Bastrop community, and many schools, organizations, and churches take part in the event.

Morehouse is proud of the parade’s history and hopes to keep it going for many years to come.