Hoyer Statement Commemorating Juneteenth

For Immediate Release:

June 19, 2009

Contact:Katie Grant
Stephanie Lundberg
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in recognition of Juneteenth, the oldest, nationally-celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States:
 
“On June 19, 1865, almost three years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, those still enslaved in Galveston, Texas learned that they were free men and women.  This news ended a centuries-old wrong.  We have preserved the memory of that day by celebrating Juneteenth each year, as an opportunity to reflect on America’s ongoing struggle to live up to its founding promise.  We pay tribute to African-Americans who built this nation from its earliest days, and to the civil rights heroes who worked to make this a more perfect union.  We continue that work today, to ensure freedom and equality for all.”
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