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Congressman Al Green Applauds Senate Passage of Bill to Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

June 15, 2021

(Washington, D.C.) – On Tuesday, June 15, 2021, Congressman Al Green released the following statement applauding the Senate’s passage of legislation to recognize Juneteenth as a federal holiday:

“I applaud the United States Senate for passing legislation to nationally recognize Juneteenth as a federal holiday,” Congressman Al Green said in a statement. “Juneteenth marks the anniversary of General Gordon Granger arriving in Galveston, Texas, and delivering the news of emancipation to enslaved Texans on June 19, 1865. More than two years after President Lincoln’s January 1, 1863 Emancipation Proclamation, which was intended to free enslaved persons in Confederate states, the enslaved in Texas finally received word of their freedom from General Granger, who was backed by 2,000 Union soldiers.”

Congressman Green – who began recognizing Juneteenth as a paid holiday in his office in 2020 – added, “What began as a grassroots movement to commemorate Texas history is now set to become our nation’s next federal holiday. In honor of the late Al Edwards – the father of the Juneteenth holiday in Texas – and every person illegally enslaved in Texas during the period between Lincoln’s proclamation and Granger’s announcement of emancipation, I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to vote for this legislation on the House floor.”