WHEREAS, Our country is made up of people from every nation on earth, who are declared equal not only in freedom but also in justice, both of which are essential for a healthy human civilization; and

WHEREAS, On New Year's Day, January 1, 1863, using his war powers as President, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, providing that all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State "shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free;" and

WHEREAS, The Emancipation Proclamation made the permanent abolition of slavery a Union war aim and provided the legal framework for the emancipation of nearly all four million slaves as the Union armies advanced; and

WHEREAS, Hearing of the Proclamation, many slaves escaped to Union lines as the army units moved south; and

WHEREAS, Texans began the celebration of Juneteenth in 1866, with community events such as parades, cookouts, prayer gatherings, musical performances and historical cultural readings; some communities purchased land for Juneteenth celebrations, such as Emancipation Park in Houston, TX; and as freed families emigrated from Texas to other parts of the United States, they carried the Juneteenth celebration with them; and

WHEREAS, Al Edwards, a freshman state representative, put forward the bill 1979 making Texas the first state to grant this emancipation celebration; and on January 1, 1980, Juneteenth became an official Texas state holiday; and since then, 45 other states and the District of Columbia have also declared it an official holiday; and

RESOLVED, I, Joseph M. DeStefano, Mayor of the City of Middletown, do hereby designate the June 19th, 2020 as Juneteenth.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City,
DONE at the City of Middletown, New York this nineteenth day of June 2020. Dated: June 19, 2020