Juneteenth is a celebration first started in Texas. We visited 319 Enterprise Blvd. in Lake Charles and met up with some pioneers, jazz music, food and lots and lots of history.
Here is a quick snapshot of how Juneteenth came about:
September 22, 1862
President Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation
January 1, 1863
Emancipation Proclamation takes effect
Civil War ends
June 19, 1865
Major General Gordon Granger, representing the United States Government, landed at Galveston Texas and issued a general order from the President of the United States that declared that all slaves were free
December 6, 1865
13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States Ratified-"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude...shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction"