S.Res.559 - A resolution observing the historical significance of Juneteenth Independence Day.111th Congress (2009-2010)
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|Sponsor:||Sen. Burris, Roland [D-IL] (Introduced 06/16/2010)|
|Latest Action:||06/16/2010 Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.|
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Summary: S.Res.559 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Passed Senate without amendment (06/16/2010)
(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.)
Recognizes the historical significance to the nation, and supports the continued celebration, of Juneteenth Independence Day (June 19, 1865, the day Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved African-Americans were free). Encourages the people of the United States to observe Juneteenth Independence Day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.
Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) the celebration of the end of slavery is an important and enriching part of the history and heritage of the United States; and (2) history should be regarded as a means for understanding the past and solving the challenges of the future.