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WHEREAS, most citizens believe that the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863 legally ended slavery, however, that Proclamation only applied to states which seceded from the Union, and the 13th Amendment was ratified in Nevada on February 16, 1865 and nationally in December 1865, ending the institution of slavery; and

WHEREAS, some slaves won freedom by joining the Army when President Abraham Lincoln declared that any slave joining the Union Army would be given freedom, and others had escaped enslavement and migrated to states and territories outside of the Confederacy, including Nevada; and

WHEREAS, Juneteenth, or June 19, 1865, is nationally recognized as the date when freedom was announced to some of the last slaves in America by General Gordon Granger, who arrived in Galveston, Texas and issued General Order Number Three, almost two-and-a-half years after President Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation, and President Harry S. Truman signed a bill in 1948 proclaiming February 1 National Freedom Day in honor of the Emancipation Proclamation, a first step in commemorating the freeing of slaves and freedom for all; and

WHEREAS, for 153 years, Juneteenth Independence Day continues to be the most recognized African-American holiday observance, also known as Emancipation Day, Emancipation Celebration, Freedom Day, Jun-Jun, Juneteenth National Freedom Day and Juneteenth; and

WHEREAS, Juneteenth Independence Day commemorates the survival, due to God-given strength and determination, of African Americans through extreme adversity, hardship, and triumph, and Nevada is one of 45 states to officially recognize Juneteenth Independence Day as a state holiday or observance; and

WHEREAS, Nevada documents African Americans as business and property owners in Virginia City in 1866 and recognizes their contributions to the early mining and development of the Silver State and the building of the Hoover Dam; and

WHEREAS, Americans of all colors, creeds, cultures, religions and countries of origin, share in a common love of and respect for freedom, as well as the determination to protect their right to freedom through the democratic institutions by which the tenets of freedom are guaranteed and protected;


 Juneteenth Independence Day in Nevada


 Proclamation Seal Only                         Signatures of Governor Brian Sandoval, Barbara Cegaske and Scott Anderson