Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick


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,


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. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts