After a handful of negative encounters with out-of-state police, Dress Out Boutique owner Wilbert Harrison decided he did not want the same to happen in his hometown.
The product of those experiences: a fish fry held to connect the community and police force.
“I kicked the idea around in my head for a few years,” Harrison said. “God gave it to me and placed me around people with the same passions.”
He mentioned the idea to Gadsden officer Mitch James, who was supportive. He then talked with his Gadsden High Class of 1974 classmates and later with Police Chief Lamar Jaggears, who also were supportive.
“I couldn’t ask for a better person to be pushing this,” Harrison said of Jaggears.
The first fish fry was held last November. Harrison said it was such a hit, other local business owners approached him about hosting another one.
“That first one was my idea, but it’s so much more than me now,” he said.
Harrison said the fish fry not only allows members of the community and police department to share a meal, but also to exchange words, thoughts and encouragement.
“It gives the community a perspective of the eye they’re looking through,” Harrison said, referring to the police. “When you know people, you deal with them differently.”
Harrison and his committee will host another fish fry, open to the public, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Satuday as part of the Carver Community Revitalization Committee’s First Saturday activities.
“I just want us to get along and help each other as a community,” he said.
All are welcome to attend the event for free music, bounce houses and fish…
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