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5 Fun Facts About September 28 In Louisiana History

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1. In 1868, Louisiana held a constitutional convention that drafted a new state constitution that granted universal male suffrage and abolished slavery.

2. On September 28, 1874, the Battle of Liberty Place took place in New Orleans, a violent clash between white supremacists who opposed the state's Reconstruction-era government and the integrated New Orleans police force. The white supremacists ultimately retreated, but the event highlighted the continuing racial tensions in the state.

3. In 1923, the SS America, a passenger liner owned by the United States Lines, was launched in New Orleans. The ship went on to become one of the most famous ocean liners of the 20th century, serving in both World War II and the postwar era.

4. Louisiana native and former NFL quarterback Bert Jones was born on September 28, 1951. Jones had a successful career with the Baltimore Colts in the 1970s, leading the team to three playoff appearances.

5. In 1991, the Louisiana World Exposition, a world's fair held in New Orleans, closed its doors after a six-month run. The fair's legacy includes the construction of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and the revitalization of New Orleans' riverfront.
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