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Congresswoman Veronica Escobar Statement on the 154th Anniversary of Juneteenth

Washington, DC, June 19, 2019
“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.

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:

β€œOn 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.

β€œ154 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.”  

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