The Michigan Democratic Party
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 17, 2011
Contact: John Tramontana
Michigan Democrats Celebrate Juneteenth, Reflect on Historic Day
June 19th Commemorates Emancipation of Remaining Slaves in the United States after the End of the Civil War
LANSING – Today the Michigan Democratic Party joins residents in Michigan and all over the country to celebrate Juneteenth. Juneteenth is a day of celebration to commemorate the emancipation of the last remaining slaves in the United States.
Almost two and a half years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, arrived in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, with the news that the Civil War was over and that slavery had been abolished in the United States.
"Juneteenth is a historic day of recognition when we honor those who suffered the evils of slavery," Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer said. "As we reflect upon the moment in time where the enslaved in Galveston finally received word of their freedom, we must continue to the fight for equal rights for all Michigan citizens. The Michigan Democratic Party is determined to unify all Americans through the common bond of freedom as we observe Juneteenth in America."
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a portmanteau term combining June and nineteenth, and is recognized as a holiday by 31 states, including Michigan.