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New Hope Proclaims June 19 as Juneteenth Freedom Day
Posted on 06/17/2022
The New Hope City Council adopted a resolution proclaiming June 19, 2022, as Juneteenth Freedom Day in the City of New Hope.

The Council’s unanimous approval of the resolution at its May 9 meeting comes less than a year after President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day act into law, creating a national holiday and Governor Tim Walz proclaimed the day as Juneteenth Freedom Day in the State of Minnesota.

Juneteenth, which combines the words “June” and “Nineteenth,” is a celebration commemorating the end of slavery, specifically the day in 1865 when the Union Army landed in Galveston, Texas, and enslaved people learned the Civil War had ended and slavery was abolished. This was more than two years after the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863.

The resolution reads, “The City of New Hope, Minnesota, hereby recognizes June 19, 2022, as Juneteenth Freedom Day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States and uses this recognition to encourage all residents and city employees to increase their awareness of the significance of this celebration and continue to work toward racial equality and cultural humility in the community.”
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