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Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to
support H. Con. Res. 546, legislation commemorating
a monumental day in the history
of liberty, Juneteenth Independence Day.
Juneteenth marks the events of June 19,
1865, when slaves in Galveston, Texas
learned that they were at last free men and
women. The slaves of Galveston were the last
group of slaves to learn of the end of slavery.
Thus, Juneteenth represents the end of slavery
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I hope all Americans will take the time to
commemorate Juneteenth. Friends of human
liberty should celebrate the end of slavery in
any country. The end of American slavery is
particularly worthy of recognition since there
are few more blatant violations of Americaís
founding principles, as expressed in the Declaration
of Independence, than slavery. I am
particularly pleased to join the recognition of
Juneteenth because I have the privilege of
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I thank the gentleman from Illinois for introducing
this resolution, which I am proud to cosponsor.
I thank the House leadership for
bringing this resolution to the floor, and I urge
all of my colleagues to honor the end of slavery
by voting for H. Con. Res. 546.