June 19, 2017 Press Releases and Announcements

DPVA Statements on Juneteenth

by Katie Baker

RICHMOND, VA -- Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker and DNC Member Senator Jennifer McClellan released the following statements in honor of Juneteenth celebrations across the Commonwealth.

"It was one hundred and fifty-­four years ago that Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. It was more than two years after that decree and the surrender at Appomattox that General Gordon Granger entered Galveston,Texas and issued an order that proclaimed all slaves were free. That proclamation was made on June 19th and has become known as Juneteenth. While our work for equality and justice is far from done, today let us commemorate and honor those who fought to end the institution of slavery,” said Chairwoman Swecker. "Let us also re-commit ourselves to work for truth, justice and fairness for every individual."

“On this Juneteenth, let us honor our forebears who sacrificed their lives for freedom and dignity. Let us draw inspiration from their strength, hope, and faith in the triumph of the human spirit, and continue their work to build a more perfect union," said Senator McClellan.