Speaker of the House David Osborne and House Minority Floor Leader Derrick Graham issued the following statement commemorating the anniversary of the day Major General Gordon Granger delivered news of the Emancipation Proclamation in General Order No. 3, proclaiming freedom for enslaved people in Texas on June 19, 1865:
“As we commemorate the 157th anniversary of the first Juneteenth celebration in 1866, we recognize the importance of this date in acknowledging the end of the injustice of slavery. Today also serves as a reminder of the resilience, determination, and perseverance of African Americans throughout history.
“On this Juneteenth, let us celebrate the progress we have made towards equality and freedom, acknowledge the challenges that lie ahead, and renew our commitment to the timeless values that have shaped our nation for the better. Together, let us strive for a future where every American can enjoy the blessings of liberty and pursue their dreams unencumbered by prejudice or discrimination.
“Let this day serve as a constant reminder that we must continue to work towards a more perfect union.”