Sending Office: Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee
Co-Sponsor H.R. 434
‘‘Emancipation National Historic Trail”
116th Congress Cosponsors (45):
James E. Clyburn (SC-06), Robert C. Scott (VA-03), Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07), John A. Yarmuth (KY-03), Benny G. Thompson (MS-02), John Lewis (GA-05), Sanford
D. Bishop Jr. (GA-02), Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05), G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), Karen Bass (CA-37), Donna E. Shalala (FL-27), Brian Higgins (NY-26), Janice D. Schakowsky (IL-09), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Lloyd Doggett (TX-35), Gwen Moore (WI-04), Henry C. “Hank”
Johnson (GA-04), Val Butler Demings (FL-10), Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), Will Hurd (TX-23), Al Green (TX-09), Sylvia R. Garcia (TX-29), Gregory Meeks (NY-03), Elanor Holmes Norton (DC-At
Large), Randy K. Webber Sr. (TX-14), Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE-At Large), Lucy McBath (GA-06), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), Robin L. Kelly (IL-02), Johana Hayes
(CT-05), Stacey E. Plaskett (VI-At Large), Yvette Clarke (NY-09), Grace Meng (NY-06), Steven Horsford (NV-04), Chris Pappas (NH-01), Norma J. Torres (CA-35), Terri A. Sewell (AL-07), Alcee L. Hastings (Fl-20), Wm. Lacy Clay (MO-01), Lance Gooden (TX-5), Cedric
L. Richmond (LA-02), Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), Joyce Beatty (OH-03), Steve Cohen (TN-09)
I thank the 45 members of the house who have co-sponsored H.R. 434. I invite you to join us as a co-sponsor of the “Emancipation National Historic
Trail Act,” which will lead to the creation of the Emancipation National Historic Trail, extending approximately 51 miles from the Osterman Building and Reedy Chapel in Galveston, Texas, along Texas State Highway 3 and Interstate 45 North to Freedmen’s Town
and Emancipation Park in Houston, Texas. This trail follows the migration route taken by newly freed slaves from the major 19th century seaport town of Galveston to the burgeoning community of Freedmen’s Town, which is now the 4th Ward of Houston, home to
the 18th Congressional District.
The start of the trail is located where General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, to announce the freedom of the last
American slaves. His announcement belatedly freed 250,000 slaves nearly two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. The newly freed slaves traveled from Galveston to spread the news to neighboring communities.
“This migration route is a beacon to the aspirations of the oppressed who headed west into Houston yearning for a better life. I invite you
to join me in supporting this legislation to create the Emancipation National Historic Trail Act, to codify into the historic record the path taken to a better life by freed slaves and others of African descent.
Very truly yours, Sheila Jackson Lee MEMBER OF CONGRESS
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