PRINTER'S NO.  3741

  

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA

  

HOUSE RESOLUTION

 

No.

773

Session of

2012

  

  

INTRODUCED BY WATERS, BISHOP, B. BOYLE, V. BROWN, BROWNLEE, CALTAGIRONE, CLYMER, KIRKLAND, CUTLER, KORTZ, FLECK, FREEMAN, READSHAW, STURLA, GEORGE, GINGRICH, GOODMAN, HARPER, HELM, HENNESSEY, HESS, HUTCHINSON, JOSEPHS, JAMES, LONGIETTI, MAHONEY, MAJOR, MANN, MILLARD, MIRABITO, MUSTIO, M. O'BRIEN, PARKER, PASHINSKI, PAYTON, SACCONE, SANTONI, STABACK, SWANGER, THOMAS AND WHEATLEY, JUNE 13, 2012

  

  

REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON STATE GOVERNMENT, JUNE 13, 2012  

  

  

  

A RESOLUTION

  

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Designating the third Saturday in June as "Juneteenth National

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Freedom Day" in Pennsylvania.

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WHEREAS, Originating in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865,

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when slaves in that state learned that they had been freed,

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Juneteenth National Freedom Day is celebrated in at least 37

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states; and

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WHEREAS, Juneteenth National Freedom Day is the oldest

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African-American holiday observance in the United States; and

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WHEREAS, Juneteenth National Freedom Day commemorates the

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survival instinct of Africans who endured a transatlantic

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journey, known as the Middle Passage, on slave ships from their

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homeland to this country; and

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WHEREAS, Approximately 11.5 million Africans survived the

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harsh voyage to slave markets in the New World during the late

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17th century, and the slave population in the American colonies

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grew quickly; and

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WHEREAS, Today, Juneteenth National Freedom Day commemorates

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African-American freedom and emphasizes education and

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achievement; therefore be it

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RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives designate the

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third Saturday in June as "Juneteenth National Freedom Day" in

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Pennsylvania.

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