Inaugural Juneteenth Celebration will kick off this Friday

The inaugural Juneteenth Celebration will be held Friday, June 19 at 6 p.m. on the Natchitoches Riverfront, with a cultural celebration, featuring food, music and various speakers from the community. The event was organized by the 100 Black Men of Natchitoches and the Unheard Voices of Natchitoches, two social justice organizations dedicated to equality and justice for all.

The event will commence with a Freedom March from the City Park at 5:30 p.m. and continue to the Riverbank. Food will be prepared by Sweetie’s Barbecue, Pastor William Roberson and Billy Joe Harrington. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Corey Lamar. No coolers or additional cooking will be allowed. All Natchitoches residents are invited to attend and asked to observe social distancing guidelines.

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  1. Emancipation Proclamation was actually issued the first time 9/22/1862 the again on 1/1/1863. Texas had a small number of Union soldiers so news of the Emancipation did not reach Texas until 6/19/1865 when General Granger and his regiment landed in Galveston with the news that the war was over and all enslaved people we freed. Up until September 1862 the main focus of the war was to preserve the Union, after the first issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation in September 22, 1862 the focus changed to abolish slavery. The actual “Juneteenth” celebration was for the slaves that found out they had been freed two and a half years prior. Emancipation Day and “Juneteenth”are different dates.

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