U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Issues Statement On Juneteenth

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement today on Juneteenth, which recognizes the moment on June 19, 1865, when U.S. Army General Gordon Granger announced to formerly enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, that they were free under the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation.

“When we celebrate Juneteenth, we celebrate freedom and we remember the horrors of slavery,” Heinrich said. “We also recognize and call out the persistent, structural racism that continues to fuel hatred and discrimination, and we recommit ourselves to delivering on the full promise of liberty and justice for all Americans.”

In 2021, Sen. Heinrich co-sponsored the bipartisan legislation that officially made Juneteenth a federal holiday. Sen. Heinrich’s offices will be closed Monday, June 20 in observance of Juneteenth.

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