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Juneteenth a Designated National Day of Observance

October 14, 2016 4:37 PM

 

This week we received a visit here at the City of Madison Mayor's Office from Ms.Opal Lee, the 90 year old woman who is traveling toward Washington, D.C. Juneteenth, is the holiday that celebrates when the last American slaves were freed. She is trying to bring awareness to her efforts on the importance of it being named a National Day of Observance.

Currently 45 states recognize Juneteenth, which is celebrated on June 19th, but there is no national day of observance. Ms. Opal says that The President and Congress can save her a lot of shoe leather by granting her an audience. Her goal is to get 100,000 people to sign the petition in order to receive a response from the White House. The link is below if you would like to sign:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/juneteenth-designated-national-day-observance-0

Ms.Opal Lee

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