NOLA Resistance Plays Juneteenth Fundraiser | New Orleans Jazz Swings at the War Memorial Building
Juneteenth fundraiser, which featured a 10-piece jazz band, provided lively sounds in South Pasadena on June 19. As an unofficial part of the event, departing city Library Director Steve Fjeldsted was recognized for his 13 years of service in the community
Cajun flavors were also a part of the cultural experience, featuring a seafood gumbo with Oysters imported from New Orleans, red beans and rice, and southern style andouille sausage.
Not to mention the open bar that keep the drinks flowing all night.
The event marked a celebration of the cultural exchange between South Pasadena and NOLA. A portion of the proceeds will support programs introducing jazz to after-school programs.
According to Juneteenth.com, Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.
Following the program, South Pasadena Mayor Dr. Marina Khubesrian presented Steve Fjeldsted with a certificate of appreciation, recognizing him for his 13 years of service as the director of the South Pasadena Library.
In part the certificate read: “We congratulate you on your retirement and we hope you enjoy the next chapter!”