Juneteenth -- a blending of the words June and nineteenth -- is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the US.” It commemorates June 19, 1865, the day that Union Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, and told slaves of their emancipation from slavery.
We should be troubled when we compare the the federal government’s failure to recognize Juneteenth with the popularity and institutional acceptance of other significant dates in American history, such as the Fourth of July. It’s especially jarring to recall that on July 4, 1776, there were many Americans who did not enjoy freedom.
47 of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia have recognized Juneteenth as either a state holiday or ceremonial holiday, a day of observance.
I am requesting that you sponsor legislation to make Juneteenth Independence Day a National Day of Observance, like Flag Day or Patriot Day.
There is legislation that Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson authored in 2012 to update US Code 36 that lists all the national observances to include Juneteenth, it only needs to be updated and passed into law.
Thank you in advance for your support.