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Become an Original Sponsor of

“The 2018 Observance of the Historical Significance of Juneteenth Independence Day”


Co-Sponsors for the first session of the 115th congress (57): Hank Johnson, Hastings, Veasey, Holmes Norton, Adams, Bishop, Moore, Connolly, Butterfield, Deutch, Gutiérrez, Cohen, Kildee, Meeks, Pocan, Pallone, Sewell, Bennie
G. Thompson, David Price, Engel, Vela, Beatty, Jeffries, Rush, McCollum, Richmond, Conyers, Walz, Demings, Barbara Lee, Ellison, Payne, Clay, Evans, Torres, Brian Higgins, Lofgren, McEachin, Lawson, Cummings, Clarke, Danny Davis, David Scott, Clay, Levin,
Lawrence, Grijalva, Frederica Wilson, Robin Kelly, Vargas, Norcross, Adam Smith, Larsen, Gene Green, DeSaulnier, O’Rourke, Espaillat


Co-Sponsors for the Second session of the 115th congress (10): Nadler, Beatty, Khanna, Wilson, Jayapal, McEachin, Vela, McGovern, Pallone Jr., Barrangán

Dear Colleague:

I invite you to become an original sponsor of a House Resolution “Recognizing June 19, 2018, which will be introduced on the day of this year’s observance of Juneteenth.” 

On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas and announced the freedom of the last American slaves; freeing 250,000 slaves in Texas nearly two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect.

Juneteenth was first celebrated in the Texas state capital in 1867 under the direction of the Freedmen’s Bureau.

Today, Juneteenth remains the oldest known celebration of slavery’s demise. For more than 150 years, Juneteenth Independence Day celebrations have been held to honor African-American freedom while encouraging self-development and respect for all cultures.

If you would like to become an original sponsor of the resolution or have questions, contact Lillie Coney


                                                                                    Very truly yours,

                                                                                    Sheila Jackson Lee
                                                                                    MEMBER OF CONGRESS

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Bill Type: H.Res.
Bill Type: 386
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