It’s already the middle of June. And while in some ways the past 12 months have been the absolute longest in history, in other ways the months have seemed to fly by. No matter how busy our lives get, it’s important to remember significant milestones like Juneteenth.
A combination of “June” and “Nineteenth,” the date is easy to recall, and the holiday is the oldest nationally marked commemmoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
On that day in 1865, a quarter of a million slaves in Texas were freed more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.
“Although emancipation didn’t happen overnight for everyone — in some cases, enslavers withheld the information until after harvest season — celebrations broke out among newly freed Black people, and Juneteenth was born.” (source)
Just months later, in December, slavery in America was formally abolished with the adoption of the 13th amendment.
Juneteenth is recognized as a holiday by 47 states.
Each year, Simone at La Patisserie Chouquette hosts a sweet celebration to mark the holiday. She offers her favorite recipes from her New Orleans childhood and her grandmother’s kitchen. If you haven't had any of Simone's delicious sweets, you are in for a treat.
We are so excited to join her for our only pop-up of the year!
When: June 19 at 9 a.m.
Where: La Patisserie Chouquette, 1626 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis
If you are in St. Louis, please join us for a sweet celebration as we commemorate the true day of Freedom in America.