State Senator Greg Taylor of Indianapolis sponsored House Concurrent Resolution 38 for the celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation. Under the resolution, Indiana would observe Juneteenth National Freedom Day on June 19 each year.
Sen. Taylor was joined on the Senate floor by Reverend Melvin Girton of Christ Missionary Baptist Church, Reverend Fitzhugh Lyons of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, and Anthony Bridgeman, Director of Community Initiatives at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Juneteenth Day commemorates African-Americans’ freedom from slavery and President Lincoln’s bold move by signing the Emancipation Proclamation. Although it was passed in 1863, the legislation did not take effect until two years later on June 19, 1865.
“It’s a part of African-American and U.S. history that needs to be observed and understood by everyone,” said Sen. Taylor.
The resolution was adopted by the Senate.