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June 20, 2012

Resolution would make Juneteenth a holiday

WASHINGTON (UPI) -- A bipartisan resolution was introduced Tuesday in the U.S. Senate to make Juneteenth or June 19 a national holiday celebrating the end of slavery.

The resolution was introduced by Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-Texas, and Carl Levin, D-Mich., and backed by John Cornyn, R-Texas, The Dallas Morning News reported.

On June 19, 1865, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and two months after the Confederate surrender, Major Gen. Gordon Granger is said to have read an order in Galveston announcing all slaves in Texas were now free.

Juneteenth, sometimes known as Emancipation Day, is observed in 41 states, including Texas.

The resolution calls on the federal and local and state governments to observe Juneteenth with appropriate ceremonies. It would not give federal employees the day off.

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Hadwin


12/18/2015
Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchinson offer the The resolution in the USA Senate but unfortunately session of senate is over and next day is national Holiday. In next working day the debate has been started on this resolution then decide to pass it or not. However, I want to do my paper in a good way using different sources.

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