Statement on the 154th Juneteenth
Updated: Jun 23, 2019
Brianna Patterson - Brianna_Patterson@cardin.senate.gov
Maddy Hornbuckle - Maddy_Hornbuckle@manchin.senate.gov
WASHINGTON D.C. - On June 19, 1865, two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, the last Confederate outpost in Galveston, Texas received the following news:
"The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer."
- General Granger.
154 years later, we mark this “Juneteenth” day with celebration, remembering our ancestors’
centuries-long battle for freedom and their ability to overcome. Ripped from their homeland,
stripped of their names, and bound by physical and legal shackles, our ancestors never wavered nor tired in their pursuit for freedom.
Today, we remember our ancestors’ fight for our freedom, honoring their sacrifices and
celebrating their triumphs.
Today, we stand and reaffirm our commitment to continue our ancestors’ legacy in the present and future eras of our Nation.
On this Juneteenth day, we the descendants embrace our history and its powerful narrative.