Monday, June 15, 2020

Day to Celebrate Juneteenth 2020

Mesa County Commissioners today proclaimed June 19 as a day to celebrate Juneteenth 2020 and urge all residents to become more aware of the significance of this celebration in African-American History and in the heritage of our nation and county.

On Monday, June 15, the Board of Mesa County Commissioners declared June 19 as a day to celebrate Juneteenth 2020. David Combs (right), Black Citizens and Friends Mesa County President, and members gather to accept the proclamation.

June 19, 2020, is proclaimed as the day to celebrate Juneteenth in Mesa County.

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, setting in motion the end of slavery in the United States.

The Civil War ended with the surrender of General Lee at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. This news reached Texas when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston Bay with Union troops. It was on June 19, 1865, that he announced: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of The United States, all slaves are free.”

The celebration of Juneteenth reminds each of us of the precious promises of freedom, equality, and opportunity, which are at the core of the American Dream.

Black Citizens and Friends Mesa County President David Combs talks to the Board of Mesa County Commissioners about the importance of the Juneteenth celebration in the community.

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