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File #: 71842    Version: 1 Name: Recognizing June 19, 2022, as Juneteenth Independence Day in the City of Madison.
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 6/1/2022 In control: Council Office
On agenda: 6/7/2022 Final action: 6/7/2022
Enactment date: 6/14/2022 Enactment #: RES-22-00416
Title: Recognizing June 19, 2022, as Juneteenth Independence Day in the City of Madison.
Sponsors: Sheri Carter, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Keith Furman, Jael Currie, Syed Abbas, Brian Benford, Juliana R. Bennett, Nikki Conklin, Tag Evers, Yannette Figueroa Cole, Grant Foster, Gary Halverson, Patrick W. Heck, Charles Myadze, Erik Paulson, Michael E. Verveer, Regina M. Vidaver, Nasra Wehelie
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution recognizes June 19th, 2022, as Juneteenth Independence Day. No appropriation is required.

Recognizing June 19, 2022, as Juneteenth Independence Day in the City of Madison.
WHEREAS, it has been over four hundred years since the first Africans were enslaved and violently brought to what would become the United States, including to Florida in 1526 and to Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619; and,

WHEREAS, it was not until June 19th, 1865, that federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, finally emancipating enslaved Texans; and,

WHEREAS, news of the end of slavery traveled slowly to enslaved laborers throughout Texas, with some plantation owners keeping the news from them until after the harvest of that year; and,

WHEREAS, June 19th is known as Juneteenth in acknowledgement of that fact, and to commemorate this date as the end of slavery in the United States; and,

WHEREAS, in 1866, emancipated communities began celebrating Juneteenth as Jubilee Day; today also known as Emancipation Day, Emancipation Celebration, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Juneteenth National Freedom Day, and Juneteenth Independence Day; and,

WHEREAS, the City of Madison and Dane County representatives together will raise the official Juneteenth flag on June 13, 2022. The flag will remain raised until the end of the day on June 30th. The flag represents a new beginning: the burst surrounding the star represents the new horizon, opportunities and promises that lay ahead. The star represents the Lone Star State (Texas), a nod to where Juneteenth was first celebrated in 1865, and freedom of every Black American in all 50 states. The colors red, white, and blue represent all Americans who cherish and stand for freedom; and,

WHEREAS, Juneteenth commemorates the continued strength and resolve of Black and African Americans throughout our history and serves as an opportunity to celebrate the rich and numerous contributions of Black and African Ameri...

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