Engel Cosponsors Juneteenth Resolution


Engel Cosponsors Juneteenth Resolution


Washington D.C.- Congressman Eliot Engel, a top member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, once again joined dozens of House colleagues as an original cosponsor of a Resolution recognizing June 19, 2019 for its historical significance as Juneteenth Independence Day.


On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas and announced to the remaining slaves that they were finally free. This announcement came nearly two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.


“Today we mark the 154th anniversary of Juneteenth Independence Day. Each year, the House marks Juneteenth with a resolution that commemorates this important moment, while acknowledging the critical work that remains,” Congressman Engel said. “Over a century and a half ago we closed the book on perhaps the darkest chapter in our nation’s history. Even though we have come a long way since then, the fight for civil rights and true equality for African Americans continues to this day. The Trump Administration continuously seeks to undermine voting rights and decimate government services for under-served communities. Some states have gone out of their way to disenfranchise the African American community with new laws that make voting an arduous, if not impossible process. This constant struggle illustrates why it is important for us to always mark Juneteenth Independence Day, and why we need to consider legislation like H.R. 40—which I am an original cosponsor of—and my Constitutional Amendment to codify voting rights.”