Mayor Rozell Recognizes Juneteenth by Proclamation
Post Managing Editor
On Tuesday evening, Mayor Darren Rozell, acknowledged Juneteenth in recognition of the emancipation of slaves in Texas and read the following official Proclamation before a large crowd in attendance at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting.
Whereas, on June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston and issued a general order declaring the emancipation of slaves in Texas, and
Whereas, this date signifies the end of slavery in Texas and is a date different from the emancipation celebrations in other states, and
Whereas, celebrations commemorating this historic date have occurred since 1866 in the State of Texas, and
Whereas, African-American’s cheerful celebrations reflect a rich and enduring culture, a benevolence for life, and a true understanding of liberty,
Whereas, on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, the celebration will start at 4:00 p.m. and run as long as people wish to celebrate;
Now, Therefore, I, Darren Rozell, Mayor of the City of Forney, Texas, do hereby proclaim Tuesday, June 19, 2012, as
in the City of Forney and encourage all citizens to recognize the significance of this day and to join in the jubilation and celebration of the day.
In witness Whereof, I hereunto set my hand and official seal this 19th day of June, 2012.