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Whereas The Civil War was fought to ensure that freedom was shared by all Americans; and
Whereas On January 1st, 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation which gave freedom to African Americans in the Confederate states; and
Whereas Two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, African Americans in Galveston, Texas were informed about the end of the Civil War and that their freedom was a reality; and
Whereas Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of Freedom for African Americans and is a celebration of freedom and justice for all Americans,
Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim June 16th, 2013, to be,
JUNETEENTH INDEPENDENCE DAY
And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.
Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, twenty-ninth day of May, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
By His Excellency
Deval L. PatrickGovernor of the Commonwealth
William Francis GalvinSecretary of the Commonwealth
God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
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