This week, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution officially designating today Juneteenth Independence Day. U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) cosponsored the resolution in recognition of June 19, 1865, when news of the end of slavery reached the Southwestern United States.
“Today, we recognize the 155th anniversary of the end of slavery in the United States. This historic day reminds us how far America has come in the fight for equality and how far we still have left to go. As we continue to heal our nation’s wounds, we must work together to repair trust and address remaining challenges that continue to affect black Americans,” said Senator Young.