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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: June 6, 2023 11:06 AM
From: Senator Sharif Street
To: All Senate members
Subject: A Resolution Recognizing Juneteenth in Pennsylvania
In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution recognizing June 19, 2023 as “Juneteenth” in Pennsylvania.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day on which the last of the enslaved people located in Galveston, Texas were informed of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth is one of the oldest African American holiday observances in the United States, and it began as a celebration to experience the jubilation and reassurance that came with the end of the Civil War for people who were enslaved, and quickly spread from Galveston to the rest of the United States. The holiday is celebrated in a variety of ways, from games and activities like baseball, rodeo, and barbecues, to guest speaker events that focus on education, self-improvement, and prayer.

Juneteenth is recognized as a holiday observance in over 40 states, including Pennsylvania, to acknowledge the past and celebrate the present. It has enjoyed a tremendous growth rate in recent years, and several Juneteenth organizations have taken part in spreading this important tradition throughout the United States and the Commonwealth. The holiday today seeks to proliferate the ideas of self-improvement, the celebration of African culture, and respect for all cultures. This day of pride is incredibly significant to many Pennsylvanians, and as such, it deserves to be recognized in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

We encourage members to join us in co-sponsoring this resolution.

Introduced as SR132