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Posted on: June 18, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Juneteenth Proclamation

Town of Trumbull Seal

WHEREAS, Juneteenth commemorates the events of June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger led Union soldiers into Galveston, Texas, bringing news that the Civil War had ended and that the Emancipation Proclamation had declared all enslaved people free nearly two and a half years earlier; and

WHEREAS, As one of the oldest American holidays, Juneteenth commemorates the freeing of formerly enslaved individuals and their descendants. It is historically a time of prayer, reflection, and family reunion; and

WHEREAS, June nineteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Emancipation Day, or Jubilee Day, commemorates the strength and resolve of Black and African Americans throughout our history and serves as an opportunity to celebrate the rich and numerous contributions of Black and African Americans; and

WHEREAS, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. signed legislation on June 17, 2021 establishing Juneteenth National Independence Day as a legal public holiday, the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983; and

WHEREAS, On Juneteenth, we recommit ourselves to the work of equity, equality, and justice;

NOW, THEREFORE I, Vicki Tesoro, by virtue of the authority vested in me as First Selectman of the Town of Trumbull, Connecticut, do hereby proclaim June 19, 2021 as, JUNETEENTH

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Town of Trumbull to be affixed on the 19th day of June in the year 2021.

Vicki Tesoro
First Selectman