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Juneteenth Day

Jun 15, 2024

WHEREAS, on June 19, 1865, Union Soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas under General Order No. 3 to enforce President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation; and

WHEREAS, on the anniversary of the Galveston announcement, the State of Alaska celebrates Juneteenth to honor the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States, and people of all races, nationalities, and religions join on this day to acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society; and

WHEREAS, Juneteenth is a time for rejoicing where we celebrate African American heritage through gatherings, parades, historical reenactments, traditional musical performances, and readings by African American writers, and it is also an opportunity for reflection, self-improvement, and planning for the future; and

WHEREAS, this is a day to acknowledge the evils of slavery, honor and respect the devastating impact slavery imposed on African Americans and our Country as a whole, and engage in conversations to learn from our history so that we may better our society; and

WHEREAS, let us all come together to listen, learn, and grow as we reaffirm our commitment to upholding the inalienable rights outlined in our Nation’s constitution – the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim June 15, 2024 as:

Juneteenth Day

in Alaska and encourage all Alaskans to reflect on the importance of this day that marked the end of slavery in our Nation and to recommit ourselves to the ongoing work of guaranteeing liberty for all Americans.

Dated: June 15, 2024