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Senate Resolution 312 Printer's Number 1752

PENNSYLVANIA, June 14 - PRINTER'S NO. 1752

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA

SENATE RESOLUTION

No.

312

Session of

2022

INTRODUCED BY STREET, CAPPELLETTI, KANE, HUGHES, MARTIN,

KEARNEY, SAVAL, FONTANA, ARGALL, SANTARSIERO, BREWSTER,

COMITTA, SCAVELLO, LAUGHLIN AND SCHWANK, JUNE 14, 2022

REFERRED TO RULES AND EXECUTIVE NOMINATIONS, JUNE 14, 2022

A RESOLUTION

Observing June 19, 2022, as "Juneteenth National Freedom Day" in

Pennsylvania.

WHEREAS, Originating in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865,

when slaves in that state learned that they had been freed,

"Juneteenth National Freedom Day" is the oldest African-American

holiday observance in the United States; and

WHEREAS, "Juneteenth National Freedom Day" commemorates the

survival instinct of Africans who endured a transatlantic

journey, known as the Middle Passage, on slave ships from their

homeland to this country; and

WHEREAS, Approximately 11.5 million Africans survived the

harsh voyage to slave markets in the New World during the late

17th century, and the slave population in the American colonies

grew quickly; and

WHEREAS, "Juneteenth National Freedom Day" further

commemorates the impact of slavery, the abolitionist movement

and African-American emancipation in the United States and has

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