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H.J.R. 56
Author & Sponsor - Congressman J.C. Watts, Jr. (R-OK)
105th Congress - June 17, 1997


Whereas news of the end of slavery came late to frontier areas of the country, especially in the American Southwest; (Engrossed as Agreed to or Passed by House)

105th CONGRESS

1st Session
H. J. RES. 56

JOINT RESOLUTION
Celebrating the end of slavery in the United States.

HJ 56 EH
105th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. J. RES. 56


JOINT RESOLUTION

Celebrating the end of slavery in the United States.

Whereas news of the end of slavery came late to frontier areas of the country, especially in the American Southwest;

Whereas the African-Americans who had been slaves in the Southwest thereafter celebrated Juneteenth as the anniversary of their emancipation;

Whereas their descendants handed down that tradition from generation to generation as an inspiration and encouragement for future generations;

Whereas Juneteenth celebrations have thus been held for 130 years to honor the memory of all those who endured slavery and especially those who moved from slavery to freedom; and

Whereas their example of faith and strength of character remains a lesson for all Americans today, regardless of background or region or race: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That--

(1) the celebration of the end of slavery is an important and enriching part of our country's history
     and heritage;

(2) the celebration of the end of slavery provides an opportunity for all Americans to learn more
     about our common past and to better understand the experiences that have shaped our Nation;
     and

(3) a copy of this joint resolution be transmitted to the National Association of Juneteenth Lineage
     as an expression of appreciation for its role in promoting the observance of the end of slavery.

Passed the House of Representatives June 17, 1997.

Attest:

Clerk.

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