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The Easter Rock ceremony is a pre–Civil War sacred ritual coordinated annually by women of several churches on the eve of Easter Sunday. The tradition, which is associated with the old plantation churches of the Mississippi Delta floodplain in Northeast Louisiana, takes place in a rural African American Baptist church. Some of the elderly Delta participants recalled their parents describing the tradition as predating the Civil War. Certain families in the region including those living in Ferriday, Sicily Island, Clayton, and Winnsboro have been responsible for continuing the traditional ritual for many generations, but today the event is coordinated by a single family in one town, with people from various churches participating.

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