Download this document in MS Word format
BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

AutoFill Template

H.432

Introduced by Representative Larson of Burlington

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  General provisions; holidays; Juneteenth holiday

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to designate the third Saturday of the month of June each year as a state holiday to be known as Juneteenth National Freedom Day in order to commemorate African-American emancipation from slavery.

AN ACT ESTABLISHING JUNETEENTH NATIONAL FREEDOM DAY

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  FINDINGS

The general assembly finds that:

(1)  For more than 137 years, Juneteenth National Freedom Day has been the most recognized African-American holiday observance in the United States and is also known by other names, including “Emancipation Day,” “Freedom Day,” and “Jun-Jun.”

(2)  This special observance commemorates the issuance of General Order No. 3 that Union Major General Gordon Granger read publicly in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865 declaring “that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States (the Emancipation Proclamation that President Abraham Lincoln issued on January 1, 1863), all slaves are free.  This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves . . .”

(3)  This observance commemorates the “strength and determination of African-Americans who were first brought to this country stacked in the bottom of slave ships in a month’s long journey across the Atlantic Ocean known as the Middle Passage.”

(4)  In recent years, there has been a resurgence of Juneteenth festivities on both the state and national levels, and this important celebration of African‑American freedom deserves designation as a state holiday in Vermont in order to remember the injustices that African-Americans endured during their enslavement and to commemorate their emancipation.

Sec. 2.  1 V.S.A. § 375 is added to read:

§ 375.  JUNETEENTH

The third Saturday of the month of June is designated as “Juneteenth National Freedom Day.”



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


www.leg.state.vt.us