Texas Senator John Cornyn will introduce a bill on recognition of June 19 as a national holiday
The Republican Senator from Texas John Cornyn is going to submit a bill declaring a Federal holiday, a day when throughout the United States ended the era of slavery.
June 19, 1865, the Union army entered Texas in Galveston, the last stronghold of the confederates, with the news that the Civil war ended, and the 250 000 inhabitants of the state who were in slavery, now free.
“One of the most defining moments in the history of our nation is, when January 1, 1863, President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation and finally freed all the slaves in the territory of the Confederation. But the slaves in Texas heard the news only after two and a half years – said Corbyn, speaking in the Senate.– It’s been two and a half years before slaves in the South learned that they are free. And it happened in the day which today we call emancipation Day (Juneteenth)”.
Texas became the first state, announced on 19 June an official holiday: it happened in 1980. Earlier this week, the official state holiday, this day has recognized new York and Virginia. This means that working in the state people will get paid holiday or overtime.
Emancipation day is also celebrated in 43 States and the district of Columbia, but not as an official state holiday.
A number of corporations, including Google, Twitter, and the NFL have announced plans to celebrate this day as a holiday.
This year marks 155 years since then, such as Texas, the last Confederate state officially abolished slavery in 1865.
Cornyn announced its plan against the backdrop of increased attention to the civil rights movement in the wave of mass protests triggered by the death of the African-American George Floyd.
“In recent weeks, Americans of all races, backgrounds, and ages have joined the fight against inequality and injustice that continue to exist in our society – said Cornyn. As soon as the growing list of men and women killed during the arrest by the police, calls to action are growing louder and louder, as it should be.”
Two Democrats vying for the post-Kornine in the Senate issued statements criticizing in his address, the newspaper reports the Texas Tribune.
“There are many differences between me and John Cornyn, – said a member of the state Senate from the Dallas Royce West. One of them is that I know the existence of systemic racism and about what it inflicts disproportionate damage to African-Americans and Hispanics”.