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Maloney Statement Celebrating Juneteenth

Jun 19, 2021
Press Release

Maloney Statement Celebrating Juneteenth 

Newburgh, NY – Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) released the following statement in celebration of Juneteenth, which commemorates the freedom of all enslaved Americans. 

"As we celebrate freedom on Juneteenth, let us remember the generations lost to the horrific institution of slavery. It has been 156 years since U.S. General Gordon Granger arrived in Texas to share the news that all enslaved Americans were freed from captivity, yet we still have work to do to ensure this country honors its fundamental promise of democracy for every American.” 

On this day, in 1865, two days after the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas to inform remaining enslaved African-Americans of their freedom – two years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth, celebrated annually on June 19, commemorates the official end of slavery in the United States.  

Rep. Maloney is an original cosponsor of H.R. 1320, the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act. This week, he voted to pass the related bill, S. 475, the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, both of which recognize Juneteenth as a federal holiday.