Juneteenth celebration in Chattanooga
Many Chattanoogans have been celebrating "Juneteenth" all month long.
Juneteenth represents June 19, 1865. That's the day slavery was abolished in Texas.
President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which ended slavery two years earlier, but several states never told the slaves they were free.
Sunday, Jazzanooga hosted a presentation highlighting the true story of Laura Smalley, a woman who was lived in Texas during the 1860's.
Shane Morrow, Jazzanooga Director, "She was able to convey how she moved forward knowing the knowledge that she was free. She was looking at her family struggle knowing what that really means."
Jazzanooga will conclude its month-long celebration of Juneteenth next week with a panel discussion on diversity.