Sandra Hollins

Juneteenth Holiday Observance Headed to the Full House

Media Statement

For Immediate Release:    February 23, 2016

Contact:            Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director
                        Utah House Democratic Caucus
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Black History Holiday Passes Through Committee
Salt Lake City - House Democratic Representative Sandra Hollins passed H.B. 338 - Juneteenth Holiday Observance out of House Government Operations Committee today. The holiday commonly celebrated on June 19th marks the day that the last slaves in the United States were freed. After 150 years of celebration across the country and 75 in Utah, Representative Hollins felt it was time to be officially recognized by the state.

She said, “Juneteenth is a recognition of all the power that African American heritage has had in crafting our nation. We have a strong history of recognizing the struggles people from all walks of life had to go through to get the freedom they deserved and this is no different. This is one of those bills I know I will look back on with pride as I am able to usher in the growing diversity of our state. Our history speaks to us and the only way to learn from it is to listen to it.”

If adopted by the full legislature, Juneteenth will be officially celebrated on the third Saturday of June in Utah.