NO. R-193. JOINT RESOLUTION designating June 19, 2001 as Juneteenth Day.
Offered by: Representatives Larson of Burlington, Brooks of Montpelier, Driscoll of Burlington, Kiss of Burlington, Rogers of Castleton and Schaefer of Colchester.
Whereas, slavery was banned in Vermont pursuant to Chapter 1, § 1 of the Vermont Constitution, as it was originally adopted on July 2, 1777 in Windsor, and
Whereas, unlike in the enlightened republic, and later state of Vermont, many other jurisdictions permitted and encouraged slavery until the practice was finally abolished during the Civil War, and
Whereas, on January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the "Emancipation Proclamation" that abolished slavery throughout the Confederacy, but which was only enforced in those Confederate states that were under the control of the Union Army, and
Whereas, it was only upon enactment of the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, and the receipt of the news on June 19, 1865 (known as Juneteenth Day), that the last enslaved African Americans, in the states of Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas finally gained their freedom and basic human dignity, and
Whereas, the final elimination of slavery in the United States is an event surely worthy of commemoration, and
Whereas, observing Juneteenth Day in Vermont would provide an opportunity to commemorate the abolishment of slavery in our nation, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly designates June 19, 2001 as Juneteenth Day, and be it further
Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Roy Hill in Essex.