Community History

John McDonogh Day

This 127th annual event is Jefferson Parish’s oldest annual community event and honors public school philanthropist John McDonogh. In return for his legacy of 39 public schools to our area, including 3 in Jefferson Parish, all he asked was that students place flowers around his grave annually. Gretna’s McDonogh No. 26 School is the last school still honoring this tradition.

Memorial speeches will be given and flowers will be placed on McDonogh’s former tomb. Friday, May 12, 2017, 1:00 p.m., at McDonoghville Cemetery, 520 Hancock Street, Gretna. Immediately following the event will be the unveiling of a Louisiana highway marker commemorating McDonoghville Cemetery. In case of inclement weather, John McDonogh Day will be held at VFW Post 3121, 475 Monroe Street, Gretna. Free and open to the public.

For details, please call 504-363-1580 or visit

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