Jena, Louisiana

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Jena (pronounced /ˈdʒiːnə/) is a town in and the parish seat of La Salle Parish, Louisiana, United States.[1] The population was 2,971 at the 2000 census.

In September 2006, Jena became the focus of national news stories in the United States for a racial controversy involving its school system and a group of students known as the Jena Six.



Jena was named for Jena, Germany, where French Emperor Napoleon I won the Battle of Jena-Auerstedt in 1806.

Jena Six

In recent years Jena has gained international negative attention for supposedly being an example of the "new 'stealth' racism" and discrimination in the United States[2][3][4] with focus through a National Public Radio prime time story on July 30.[5] The town was also featured in a BBC documentary, This World: "Race Hate in Louisiana".[2]


Jena is located at 31°41′24″N 92°7′29″W / 31.69°N 92.12472°W / 31.69; -92.12472 (31.689993, -92.124781)[6] and has an elevation of 167 feet (50.9 m)[7].

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