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5 Fun Facts About July 7 In Louisiana History

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1. On July 7, 1825, Lafayette Parish was created. It was named after the Marquis de Lafayette, a French military hero who fought in the American Revolutionary War.
2. In 1865, on this day, the people of Louisiana voted to ratify the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which abolished slavery.
3. On July 7, 1892, Homer Plessy was arrested for refusing to give up his seat on a train in New Orleans. This led to the landmark Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson, which upheld the constitutionality of racial segregation under the "separate but equal" doctrine.
4. In 1947, the United States Navy stationed its first African American commissioned officer at the Naval Air Station in New Orleans, Lieutenant John W. McCullough.
5. On July 7, 2004, Hurricane Cindy made landfall in Louisiana, causing extensive damage and power outages across the state.
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