A Proclamation on Juneteenth Day of Observance, 2022

  • A Proclamation on Juneteenth Day of Observance, 2022

  • JUNE 17, 2022

  • PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS

  • President Joseph Biden

    After the Union Army captured New Orleans in 1862, slave owners in Confederate states migrated to Texas with more than 150,000 enslaved Black persons.

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  • For 3 years, even after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, enslaved Black Americans in Texas remained in brutal bondage, immorally and illegally deprived of their freedom and basic dignity.

  • On June 19, 1865 — over 2 years after President Lincoln declared all enslaved persons free — Major General Gordon Granger and Union Army troops marched to Galveston, Texas, to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and free the last enslaved Black Americans in Texas.

  • President Joseph Biden

    Those who were freed from bondage celebrated their long-overdue emancipation on June 19.

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  • Today, our Nation commemorates Juneteenth: a chance to celebrate human freedom, reflect on the grievous and ongoing legacy of slavery, and rededicate ourselves to rooting out the systemic racism that continues to plague our society as we strive to deliver the full promise of America to every American.

  • This Juneteenth, we are freshly reminded that the poisonous ideology of racism has not yet been defeated — it only hides.

  • President Joseph Biden

    Our Nation continues to mourn the 10 lives senselessly taken in Buffalo, New York, and grieve for the families who have lost a piece of their soul.

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  • As we confront the awful reality of yet another gunman massacring innocent people in the name of hatred, racism, and fear, we must meet this moment with renewed resolve.

  • We must stand together against white supremacy and show that bigotry and hate have no safe harbor in America.

  • President Joseph Biden

    Juneteenth is a day to reflect on both bondage and freedom — a day of both pain and purpose.

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  • It is, in equal measure, a remembrance of both the long, hard night of slavery and subjugation, as well as a celebration of the promise of a brighter morning to come.

  • President Joseph Biden

    On Juneteenth, we remember our extraordinary capacity to heal, to hope, and to emerge from our worst moments as a stronger, freer, and more just Nation.

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  • It is also a day to celebrate the power and resilience of Black Americans, who have endured generations of oppression in the ongoing journey toward equal justice, equal dignity, equal rights, and equal opportunity in America.

  • Last year, I was proud to sign bipartisan legislation establishing Juneteenth as our newest Federal holiday, so that all Americans can feel the power of this day, learn from our history, celebrate our progress, and recognize and engage in the work that continues.

  • Great nations do not ignore their most painful moments — they face them.

  • President Joseph Biden

    We grow stronger as a country when we honestly confront our past injustices, including the profound suffering and injustice wrought by slavery and generations of segregation and discrimination against Black Americans.

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  • To heal, we must remember.