National Juneteenth Observance Foundation
                         Celebration of Freedom


Rhode Island
Press Release


Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman
              National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
              National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
              National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
              662-392-2016    662-247-1471
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   Sen. Harold Metts           Ron Myers     
Sen. Harold Metts              Dr. Ronald Myers
Rhode Island Becomes the 42nd State to
Recognize Juneteenth as a State Holiday

Sen. Harold Metts Champions 
Rhode Island Juneteenth Legislation

(Providence, RI) - Rhode Island is now the 42nd state to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or special day of observance with the passage of legislation sponsored by state senator Harold Metts. The historic 2013 legislation coincides with the 150th year celebration of the issuing of the
Emancipation Proclamation.
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.   
The legislatures in only eight states remain to pass legislation to recognize Juneteenth. These states are Arizona, Hawaii, Maryland, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah.
"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 Dayor 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 Proclamationand hosting a White House Juneteenth Celebrationin 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: or web site: