2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
June 11, 2013 - Introduced by Representatives Barnes, Young, Pasch, Goyke,
Johnson, Zamarripa, Kessler, Zepnick, C. Taylor, Genrich, Kahl, Milroy,
Hintz, Bernard Schaber, Hesselbein, Jorgensen, Mason, Sargent, Kolste,
Shankland, Danou, Ohnstad and Berceau, cosponsored by Senators L.
, Harris, Carpenter, C. Larson, Erpenbach, Lehman, Wirch,
Vinehout, Hansen and T. Cullen. Referred to Committee on Rules.
AJR42,1,1 1Relating to: recognizing June 19, 2013, as Juneteenth Day.
AJR42,1,52 Whereas, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation
3on January 1, 1863, proclaiming all individuals enslaved in Confederate territory to
4be forever free, and ordered the Army and all parts of the executive branch to treat
5as free all those enslaved; and
AJR42,1,96 Whereas, more than two years later, on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, the
7U.S. Army, led by Major General Gordon Granger, announced the abolition of slavery
8to those still trapped in darkness, unshackling the last remaining enslaved African
9Americans from the grip of slavery; and
AJR42,1,1210 Whereas, Juneteenth Day is the oldest commemoration of the abolition of
11slavery throughout the nation, long celebrated in the city of Milwaukee and codified
12in 2009 by the state of Wisconsin as an official legal holiday; and
AJR42,1,1513 Whereas, Juneteenth Day is a time of remembrance, reflection, and celebration
14across the state and the nation, a day to honor the elimination of slavery and to
15celebrate the proclamation of freedom; now, therefore, be it
1Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the legislature of
2the state of Wisconsin recognizes the nineteenth day of June, 2013, as "Juneteenth
3Day," expresses reverence to those communities that overcame oppression and
4hardship to achieve equal civil rights, and honors their contributions to the state of
5Wisconsin and their fellow citizens.
AJR42,2,66 (End)