In honor of Juneteenth, celebrating the end of slavery in the United States, the Congressional Research Service has issued an updated Juneteenth: Fact Sheet, with an extensive summary of its history, legislation, and samples of Congressional speeches and Presidential proclamations and remarks. The CRC guide also includes a table of states—including California–that recognize Juneteenth as a State Holiday.
The recognition in CA is through adoption of Government Code §6719 [effective 2004] which designated the 3rd Saturday in June “Juneteenth National Freedom Day: A day of observance.” Juneteenth is not currently a Federal Holiday.
The Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Lincoln on January 1, 1863, is available for viewing digitally, 155 years later, as a treasure of the National Archives.
As knowledge is power and its own celebration, the San Francisco Law Library also offers free access to all of its professional legal information databases, including the digital library found on HeinOnline, Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law, which collects every statute once in force in the American colonies and states, all reported state and federal cases on slavery, early Congressional debates, along with historical and contemporary articles on the battle for civil rights and emancipation.
And this weekend, on Saturday, June 16th, there will be a Juneteenth Celebration in the Fillmore!