Gov. Tony Evers is recognizing Juneteenth in Wisconsin by proclaiming June 19th, 'Juneteenth Day' across the state.
Juneteenth dates back to the day the last slaves were informed of their freedom in 1865, effectively ending slavery in the United States.
"This is a time to recognize the struggles of African Americans in our country's modern history," said Evers in a press release. "While we use this time to reconcile with our past, we must also continue to make progress by moving forward in solidarity and strength."
On June 19, 1865, Union Army Major Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Tex. to declare the end of slavery. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation years earlier in 1863, but until that point, slavery was still active in Texas and other confederate states because of the lack of Union soldiers to enforce the proclamation.
Gov. Evers will present Executive Director of Northcott Neighborhood House MacArthur Weddle with a certificate of commendation Wednesday for his 40 years of commitment to the Milwaukee community. The presentation will be part of the 48th annual Juneteenth Day Festival in Milwaukee.
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