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Statement by Bob McDonnell for Juneteenth

Bob McDonnell Commemorates Juneteenth

The legacy of Virginia’s African Americans is an integral part of the proud history of our shared home.

RICHMOND – Bob McDonnell, Republican Nominee for Governor and former Attorney General, stands with thousands of Virginians and many others across the world today to commemorate Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day.

Juneteenth celebrates the liberation of the last African American slaves by Major General Gordon Granger in Galveston, Texas in 1865. General Granger’s proclamation finally brought to an end the institution that began in Virginia some 250 years earlier, and extended the inalienable right and blessings of liberty to African Americans.

“Today, I ask that all citizens in the Commonwealth take a moment and recognize the vibrancy and many contributions of the African American community to our Commonwealth, from the great efforts of the Norfolk 17 to end discrimination in public schools to the great sounds of John Cephas.

Today, we rededicate ourselves to ensuring that the “absolute equality of rights” proclaimed by General Granger remains protected today. We acknowledge the injustice that was slavery, and we recommit to the work of confronting hatred and discrimination where they are found. In these actions, we validate the strength of freedom and those democratic ideals that were birthed in Virginia and form the cornerstone of our great nation. “


Written by Coby Dillard

June 19, 2009 at 8:59 am

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