BACON VOTES TO MAKE JUNETEENTH A FEDERAL HOLIDAY
Washington, June 17, 2021
Washington, DC – Rep.Don Bacon (NE-02) yesterday voted in favor of S. 475, the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, which designates Juneteenth (June 19) a federal holiday. The vote passed 415-14.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day, marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, to ensure African American slaves were freed, despite the Emancipation Proclamation being signed two years prior. Union Army Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston to deliver the address and declare that “all persons held as salves within any States, or designated part of the State, the people whereof shall be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free."
“I voted to make Juneteenth a holiday because we need to remember the slaves who were not freed until June 19, 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed,” said Rep. Bacon.“For many of our ancestral Americans, this was their Independence Day. The dream of America is that ‘all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.’ Juneteenth is a historic milestone for America in living up to this dream.”
“The Omaha Branch of the NAACP commends Congressman Bacon for his vote and support of the Juneteenth bill. The fight for social justice and civil rights; the freedom for all continues,” said Vickie R. Young, president, Omaha Branch-NAACP.
“This is just the catalyst towards addressing justice reform, economic equality, and opportunities for all,” added Rep. Bacon.
Rep. Bacon has worked on the following legislative items to enhance racial equity: