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.
Taylor, Harris, Carpenter, C. Larson, Erpenbach, Lehman, Wirch,
Vinehout, Hansen and T. Cullen. Referred to Committee on Rules.
1Relating to: recognizing June 19, 2013, as Juneteenth Day.
Whereas, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation 3
on January 1, 1863, proclaiming all individuals enslaved in Confederate territory to 4
be forever free, and ordered the Army and all parts of the executive branch to treat 5
as free all those enslaved; and
Whereas, more than two years later, on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, the 7
U.S. Army, led by Major General Gordon Granger, announced the abolition of slavery 8
to those still trapped in darkness, unshackling the last remaining enslaved African 9
Americans from the grip of slavery; and
Whereas, Juneteenth Day is the oldest commemoration of the abolition of 11
slavery throughout the nation, long celebrated in the city of Milwaukee and codified 12
in 2009 by the state of Wisconsin as an official legal holiday; and
Whereas, Juneteenth Day is a time of remembrance, reflection, and celebration 14
across the state and the nation, a day to honor the elimination of slavery and to 15
celebrate the proclamation of freedom; now, therefore, be it
1Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That
the legislature of 2
the state of Wisconsin recognizes the nineteenth day of June, 2013, as "Juneteenth 3
Day," expresses reverence to those communities that overcame oppression and 4
hardship to achieve equal civil rights, and honors their contributions to the state of 5
Wisconsin and their fellow citizens.