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S. 4019: Juneteenth National Independence Day Act

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The Emancipation Proclamation, which freed slaves in Confederate states, was issued by President Abraham Lincoln in January 1863. However, the news did not reach some states — notably parts of Texas — until two and a half years later. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and informed Black people there that they had been freed. (The National Archives this month located the original handwritten announcement.)

This event was celebrated in that area of Texas on the one-year anniversary in 1866. From there, it spread across the nation to become an annual festive commemoration celebrating the end of slavery, and more broadly celebrating Black history in the U.S. The combination of “June ...

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Edward “Ed” Markey

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Massachusetts. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jun 22, 2020
Length: 2 pages
Jun 22, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Jun 22, 2020

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on June 22, 2020. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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Jun 22, 2020

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S. 4019 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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