New Mexico Democrats Commemorate Juneteenth

Today the Democratic Party of New Mexico joins millions of Americans in commemorating the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Juneteenth.

Juneteenth, or June 19th, 1865, is the date when the last enslaved people in America were freed.  On that date Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas under the command of General Gordon Granger. From the veranda of Ashton Villa, a plantation in that city, Gordon read the contents of  General Order No. 3 proclaiming the emancipation of America’s last people held in bondage and officially brought to an end one of the darkest chapters in our nation’s history. Juneteenth Independence Day has been celebrated throughout the Southwest ever since. It is officially observed by the State of New Mexico.

As Americans we value the equality and dignity of all. As New Mexicans we salute and strive for a perfect friendship, among united cultures. On this Juneteenth anniversary we call on all of us to work toward those common values we most cherish. We agree with the champions of freedom of our history that no American is free until all of us are free. The Democratic Party o New Mexico is proud to stand alongside all of the dedicated leaders of the American past who sacrificed so much for the civil and human rights of all, and we honor those Americans who continue to work toward that vision that we as an organization strive to champion.

We join Americans across the nation in remembering and honoring the historic anniversary of Juneteenth. While we celebrate the progress our country has made, we know the journey is far from finished. There remains much work to be done. We promise to continue to work toward that day when every American is afforded the same opportunities and freedoms regardless of skin color, gender, religious belief, income, sexual orientation, ability or disability, or place of birth.

Text of General Order No. 3 as published in the July 7, 1865 New York Times