WVDP STATEMENT ON JUNETEENTH
For Immediate Release:
June 19, 2021
The West Virginia Democratic Party released the following statement commemorating the 156th Juneteenth in the United States:
“Today we commemorate the 156th Juneteenth in the United States.
On June 19, 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas and announced the end of the Civil War and informed slaves of their freedom. That day is known as Juneteenth.
Today we reflect, learn, and speak out. We honor and celebrate those who fought for freedom, but we understand the work is far from over. No Mountaineer is free until all Mountaineers are free. Use this day, as we will, to educate yourselves and commit to doing the work to end systemic racism that impacts Black Americans today. The work is far from over.“