Congresswoman Veronica Escobar Statement on the 154th Anniversary of Juneteenth
(Washington, D.C.) — Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) issued the following statement in observance of Juneteenth, marking the day when federal officials arrived in Galveston, Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. Today, Congresswoman Escobar, will participate in a House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties hearing on H.R. 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act:
“On June 19, 1865, the last African Americans born into slavery received the news of freedom. Since then, generations have fought for justice and equality moving us closer toward a more perfect union.
“154 years later, we remember the horrors of slavery and segregation, pay tribute to those who have led our nation to progress, and recognize that America is a work in progress. This Juneteenth, let us recommit ourselves to build a better future free of racism, hate, and injustice.”