Texas: A Message From The Governor In Honor Of: Juneteenth

~ As the nation and state continue to uphold the belief that all men are created equal, the celebration of Juneteenth serves as a reminder of the ongoing fight for freedom and equality. This significant day, also known as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, marks the anniversary of Major General Gordon Granger's issuance of General Order No. 3 in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865.

The order implemented the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued two years prior by President Abraham Lincoln. Since then, Juneteenth has been celebrated in Texas every year since 1866. As former slaves and their families migrated throughout the country, they brought this tradition with them.

Although there have been unofficial celebrations of Juneteenth across the nation for many years, it was not until 1980 that it was officially recognized as a state holiday in Texas. This was largely due to the efforts of State Representative Al Edwards. And now, in 2021, Juneteenth has gained even more recognition as it became a federal holiday.

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This momentous occasion not only serves as a time for celebration but also as an opportunity to reflect on our past and strive for a better future. First Lady Cecilia Abbott joins Governor Greg Abbott in extending best wishes to all those observing Juneteenth. The Governor has also issued a proclamation recognizing this day and emphasizing the importance of continuing to advance justice and equality.

As we honor this historic day and its significance in our nation's history, let us remember that there is still much work to be done in pursuit of freedom and equality for all. Let us use this day to educate ourselves and future generations about our past and work towards a more prosperous future for all Americans.

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