Hoyer Statement Commemorating Juneteenth

For Immediate Release:

June 18, 2010

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:
 
“One hundred and forty five years ago tomorrow, Union troops arrived at Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War was over and that the nation’s slaves were free. This day of liberation—when the promise of the Emancipation Proclamation was fulfilled in the furthest reaches of the slaveholding states—has been celebrated ever since as Juneteenth. At first a local and spontaneous celebration, Juneteenth is now honored across our nation as a day to remember the destructive legacy of slavery, the work and sacrifice necessary to make real America’s ideal of equality, and the achievements and contributions of African-Americans throughout our history. I hope that all Americans will mark tomorrow as a day of celebration and reflection.”
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