Washington, DC – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the
following statement today in recognition of Juneteenth, also known as
“On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas
and relayed General Order Number 3, informing the state’s slaves
that they had been freed.
“Juneteenth is an opportunity to recognize the sacrifices of
those who suffered from the stain of slavery in our nation’s early
history, and the courage of those who struggled to secure a more
perfect union. We commemorate those who were born or sold into
slavery, and those who died in the process of bringing about its
“Juneteenth is also an opportunity to celebrate the significant
contributions made by the African American community, and our
nation’s rich history of those willing to fight for equality and
freedom for all.
“To this day, the fight continues. Voter expansion, immigration
reform, marriage equality, education reform, employment
non-discrimination, health care reform – each of these are part of
the effort to extend the full set of rights and privileges to which
we’re entitled as Americans.
“News of the Emancipation Proclamation finally reached Galveston
901 days after it was issued by President Lincoln. Today,
information can cross the globe instantaneously, but the spread of
civil rights still takes time. I’m proud that the American people
and the Democratic Party remain committed to the fight for