06.17.16

Peters Recognizes Juneteenth Independence Day

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement in recognition of Juneteenth Independence Day, which is celebrated each year on June 19th to recognize the day that African-American slaves in Galveston, Texas learned of their emancipation:

“On this day in 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to spread the news that our nation’s slaves were free – nearly three years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Although Juneteenth marked the end of one of the darkest periods in our country’s history, more work remains in order to rid our communities of discrimination and inequality.

“Injustice has no place in our society. Today, 151 years later, let us reflect on the continued struggle for fairness and recommit ourselves to fulfilling America’s promise of opportunity for all. In doing so, we honor the courageous and determined abolitionists who fought for freedom and celebrate the extraordinary contributions made by African Americans in every aspect of American life.”

Click here to read the U.S. Senate’s resolution, which Senator Peters cosponsored, honoring Juneteenth Independence Day.