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Cl*t,y of Tuilc,wi*la. <br />Washington <br />Resolution No. I q 9 2- <br />A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF TUKWILA, <br />WASHINGTON, COMMEMORATING JUNETEENTH OF EACH YEAR AS AN <br />ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN EMANCIPATION. <br />WHEREAS, news of the end of slavery did not reach African Americans in some Confederate <br />areas until months after the conclusion of the Civil War and more than 2-1/2 years after President <br />Ahrahnm I in(--nln iqqi ipri the Fmqnrination Proclamation: and <br />WHEREAS, Juneteenth, or June 19. 1865, is considered the date when the last enslaved African <br />Americans in America were freed, when Union Army Major General Gordon Granger rode into <br />Galveston, Texas, and announced, "The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a <br />proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free;" and <br />WHEREAS, Juneteenth, or "Juneteenth Independence Day," is the oldest known celebration <br />commemorating the abolition of slavery in the United States, and is now celebrated in 46 states and <br />the District of Columbia; and <br />WHEREAS, while long celebrated in the Southern states, Juneteenth must also be known and <br />understood and, since 2007, has been honored in the Pacific Northwest and statewide as an important <br />piece of the fabric of this nation's history; and <br />WHEREAS, Juneteenth provides an opportunity to celebrate freedom and liberty, and will serve <br />as a reminder Of Our collective history and our responsibility to never stop fighting toward true racial <br />equality; <br />NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF TUKWILA, WASHINGTON, <br />HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS: <br />Juneteenth, June 19, shall be recognized in the City of Tukwila as an annual celebration of <br />emancipation and an occasion to honor the African Americans in our community, through <br />continued learning and understanding of its impact on community members. <br />PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF TUKWILA, WASHINGTON, at a Regular <br />Meeting thereof this I 5tt, day of -�Yun c, ,2020. <br />ATTEST/AUTHENTICATED: <br />Christy O'Flaherty, MMC, City Clerk De'Sean Quinn, Council President <br />APPROVED AS TO FORM BY: Filed with the City Clerk: 6 - 0-0 <br />a�llsa"ee <br />Passed by the City Council: 6 I <br />cx-It_e; <br />I., -', Resolution Number:— 11,71)0)2 <br />Office of the City Attorney <br />W:Word Pro cessing\Resol utionsCorrmernorating Juneteenth as an annual celebration 6-16-20 <br />LH:bjs Review and ana&,sis by Barbara Saxton Page 1 of 1 <br />