Texas Republican senator urges Juneteenth emancipation holiday

June 19th, 2012 - 5:10 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, June 19 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The proposed bill of the Texas Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison would establish June 19th as Juneteenth.

The senator’s staff according to reports, do not believe that there will be any opposition to the resolution, as it is not controversial.
41 states have already passed legislation designating a state observance of Juneteenth.

The Juneteenth tradition is still very strong, but numerous vendors and attendees of events marking the day all over across the nation have said that participation in this year’s event is much lower than that of past years’ events.

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, commemorates the US’s African American heritage. It celebrates the official abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865. Unionist soldiers arrived at Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865. They declared the end of the US Civil War, which meant that all slaves were to be freed.

According to organizers like, Latasha Massey, community projects specialist at the Johnson County Social Services and Juneteenth celebrations organizer in Iowa, claim that Juneteenth is now an event recognized all over the world, because slavery is a global concern and has existed in every single part of the world.

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