Lake County, IL
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File #: 21-0896    Version: 1 Name: Special recognition of Juneteenth in Lake County.
Type: Special Recognition Status: Completed
File created: 5/28/2021 In control: Lake County Board
On agenda: Final action: 6/8/2021
Title: Special recognition of Juneteenth in Lake County.


Special recognition of Juneteenth in Lake County.






WHEREAS, Juneteenth, which also is known as Emancipation Day and Black Independence Day, is a holiday to celebrate the end of slavery in the United States; and


WHEREAS, Juneteenth, which is short for June Nineteenth, marks the day in June 19, 1865 when Federal troops led by Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and announced the end of the Civil War and signaled freedom for Texas’ 250,000 enslaved people; and


WHEREAS, although the Emancipation Proclamation came two and a half years earlier, many slave owners continued to hold slaves captive, so Juneteenth became a symbolic date representing African-American freedom; and


WHEREAS, Juneteenth is recognized across the country as a state holiday or ceremonial holiday through community events including parades, prayer gatherings, historical and cultural readings and music performances; and


WHEREAS, Lake County joins the Nation to never forget those who suffered the evils of slavery and honor the spirit and contributions of generations of African Americans who have contributed to the great story of the United States; and 


WHEREAS, this holiday also serves as an occasion to reflect on and appreciate the precious freedoms that we all share.


NOW THEREFORE BE IT RECOGNIZED, the Lake County Board does hereby celebrate Juneteenth in Lake County and recognize a continued opportunity for residents to celebrate the culture and achievements of African Americans and to learn from the past and those experiences that have shaped our country.


DATED, at Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois on June 8, 2021.