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File #: 16-4189    Version: Name:
Type: Consent Calendar Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 6/28/2016 In control: Steele
On agenda: 6/29/2016 Final action: 6/29/2016
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION OBSERVING THE HISTORICAL SIGNIFCANCE OF JUNETEENTH INDEPENDENCE DAY WHEREAS, News of the end of slavery did not reach frontier areas of the Unites States, and in particular the Southwestern States for more than 2.5 years after President Lincoln's emancipation Proclamation, which was issued on January 1, 1863, and months after the conclusion of the Civil War; and WHEREAS, On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were free; and WHEREAS, African-Americans who had been slaves in the Southwest celebrated June 19th, commonly known as "Juneteenth Independence Day" as the anniversary of their emancipation; and; WHEREAS, African-Americans from the Southwest continued the tradition of celebrating Juneteenth Independence Day as inspiration and encouragement for future generations; and WHEREAS, for more than 151 years, Juneteenth Independence Day Celeb...
Sponsors: ROBERT STEELE
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

OBSERVING THE HISTORICAL SIGNIFCANCE OF JUNETEENTH INDEPENDENCE DAY


WHEREAS, News of the end of slavery did not reach frontier areas of the Unites States, and in particular the Southwestern States for more than 2.5 years after President Lincoln's emancipation Proclamation, which was issued on January 1, 1863, and months after the conclusion of the Civil War; and

WHEREAS, On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were free; and

WHEREAS, African-Americans who had been slaves in the Southwest celebrated June 19th, commonly known as "Juneteenth Independence Day" as the anniversary of their emancipation; and;

WHEREAS, African-Americans from the Southwest continued the tradition of celebrating Juneteenth Independence Day as inspiration and encouragement for future generations; and

WHEREAS, for more than 151 years, Juneteenth Independence Day Celebrations have been held to honor African-American freedom while encouraging self-development and respect for all cultures; and

WHEREAS, the faith and strength of character demonstrated by former slaves remains an example for all people of the Unites States, regardless of background, religion, or race.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the President of the Board along with the Cook County Board of Commissioners recognizes the historical significance of Juneteenth Independence Day to the Nation; supports the continued celebration of Juneteenth Independence Day to provide an opportunity for the people of Cook County to learn more about the past and to better understand the experiences that have shaped our great Country; and hereby recognize and observe the day of June 19th as Juneteenth Independence Day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs in Cook County.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Cook County Board of Commissioners directs the Secretary of the Board...

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