Fresno residents whose lineage comes from a part of Nigeria once called Biafra will hold a memorial at noon Friday to mark the deaths of Biafrans that occurred between 1966 and 1970 during a civil war with the Nigerian government.
The event begins at noon and is sponsored by the Indigenous People of Biafra. It will be held outside the downtown Fresno federal courthouse.
Similar commemorations are being held in other American cities and across the globe, according to organizers.
An estimated 500,000 to several million people were killed during the years of conflict between Nigeria and the breakaway region of Biafra.