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Today proclaimed Juneteenth Celebration Day in Michigan

AP (via PBS)

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II proclaimed June 19th as Juneteenth Celebration Day in Michigan.

The Governor and Lt. Governor have marked this day to celebrate African American history and culture and commemorate the end of slavery in America.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says, “Today, we celebrate Juneteenth in Michigan and highlight stories of Black Michiganders who have made invaluable contributions to our state’s economy, culture, and history,” she adds, “Together, we will learn from our past and build a brighter future for Michigan.”

Lt. Gilchrist says, “Today is the day we celebrate the path we are walking toward the freedom, equality, and justice that is the promise of Michigan and America.”

Juneteenth originated on June 19, 1865, when Union Army General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas where he read General Order #3, stating that all slaves were free, and that former masters and slaves were absolutely equal in personal and property rights. Acting as the date of emancipation, June 19th also became a long-standing day of celebration, meant to honor African American resilience and the end of slavery.

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.
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