National Juneteenth Observance Foundation
                         Celebration of Freedom

                         

Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (4/4/12)

 
Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman
               National Juneteenth Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
               National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
               National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
               National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP)
              
662-392-2016   662-247-1471
               e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com
              
web sites:www.NationalJuneteenth.com  

 

               Cornelia Swinson

               Juneteenth National Freedom Day Celebration
               Pennsylvania Juneteenth Committee

               National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)

               215-438-1768
               e-mail: cswinson@johnsonhouse.org
 

 

 

42 States Soon to Officially Recognize Juneteenth in 2012

 

Pennsylvania 41st State to Recognize Juneteenth

as a State Holiday Observance

 

Rep. Ronald G. Waters
 
Rep. Ronald G. Waters

 

Ron Myers

Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.

 

 

(Washington, DC) - When the Maryland General Assembly, representing the home state of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, passes legislation to officially recognize Juneteenth this year, 42 states will be on record acknowledging America's second Independence Day.

 

Sponsored by State Representative Melvin Stukes, HB 165, "An Act concerning State Government - Commemorative Days - Juneteenth National Freedom" requiring the Governor to "annually to proclaim a certain day as Juneteenth National Freedom Day" will establish Maryland as the 42nd state to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or state holiday observance.

 

During the 2011 - 2012 Regular Session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly unanimously passed HR 322, "A Resolution designating the third Saturday in June as 'Juneteenth National Freedom Day' in Pennsylvania." The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Ronald G. Waters and adopted on June 12, 2011, establishing Pennsylvania as the 41st state to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or state holiday observance.

 

Juneteenth, or the "19th of June", recognizes June 19, 1865, in Galveston, TX, when Union General Gordon Granger announced freedom for all slaves in the last southern state in rebellion following the end of the Civil War. This occurred more than two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln. Upon the reading of General Order #3 by General Granger, the former slaves celebrated jubilantly, establishing America's second Independence Day Celebration and the oldest African American holiday observance.  

 

"With so many states recognizing Juneteenth, we are optimistic that congress will finally pass legislation to make Juneteenth Independence Day a National Day of Observance, like Flag Day or Patriot Day," states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign and the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF). "We hope that President Obama will also support our efforts by issuing a Presidential Juneteenth Proclamation and hosting a White House Juneteenth Celebration in June."

 

For information on the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign contact Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. at 662-392-2016, 662-247-1471 or e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com or web site: www.NationalJuneteenth.com.