Louisiana was admitted as the 18th state of the Union nearly 200 years ago this April.
Since then, Louisiana has not only grown economically, but culturally as well. Reflecting on its origins as a colony under both French and Spanish rule, Louisiana’s path to becoming a state was not easy.
According to louisianabicentennial2012.com, federal law required citizens of a newly admitted territory to apply to Congress for statehood.
Junteenth represents heritage, America and, most of all, unity.
Across the nation, communities will celebrate the emancipation from slavery in the United States with celebrations and festivals the week of June 19, the day the Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas, and informed slaves were free.
In Lincoln Parish, the city of Grambling puts on a major festival for everyone in the community to enjoy.
From June 12-18, the 45th annual Juneteenth Festival will take place throughout Grambling.
Grambling Mayor Ed Jones called Juneteenth Fest the biggest event the town offers.