house resolution no.131
Reps. Tate, Yancey, Lasinski, Rabhi, Rogers, Aiyash, Brabec, Breen, Brixie, Tyrone Carter, Cavanagh, Cherry, Damoose, Fink, Haadsma, Hammoud, Hood, Hope, Cynthia Johnson, Jones, Meerman, Morse, Peterson, Sabo, Scott, Sneller, Sowerby, Stone, Thanedar, Witwer and Young offered the following resolution:
A resolution to declare June 19, 2021, as Juneteenth Independence Day in recognition of June 19, 1865, the date on which the end of slavery was finally announced in every slave-holding state in the United States.
Whereas, News of the end of slavery did not reach the frontier areas of the United States, in particular the state of Texas and the other Southwestern states, until months after the conclusion of the Civil War, nearly 2.5 years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863; and
Whereas, On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were free; and
Whereas, African-Americans who had been slaves in the Southwest celebrated June 19, commonly known as “Juneteenth Independence Day”, as inspiration and encouragement for future generations; and
Whereas, African-Americans from the Southwest have continued the tradition of observing Juneteenth Independence Day for over 150 years; and
Whereas, Juneteenth Independence Day celebrations have been held to honor African-American freedom while encouraging self-development and respect for all cultures; and
Whereas, The faith and strength of character demonstrated by former slaves and the descendants of former slaves remain an example for all people of the United States, regardless of background, religion, or race; and
Whereas, Slavery was not officially abolished until the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States in December 1865; and
Whereas, Over the course of its history, the United States has grown into a symbol of democracy and freedom around the world; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare June 19, 2021, as Juneteenth Independence Day in recognition of June 19, 1865, the date on which the end of slavery was finally announced in every slave-holding state in the United States.