GREENSBORO, N.C. – U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) today honored Juneteenth, or "Freedom Day," which is celebrated every year on June 19 to commemorate the date the final African American slaves were freed.
“On June 19, 1865, when the last slaves were liberated in Galveston, Texas, the country ended a dark chapter of our history. This Sunday, we honor those Americans who were unjustly enslaved and commemorate their historic liberation.
“The fight for equality is a never-ending battle, one that made a prominent impact on my hometown of Greensboro in 1960 when the Greensboro Four inspired a movement of sit-ins and nonviolent protests throughout the South. As we celebrate Juneteenth across North Carolina, we should all take a moment to consider the progress we still must achieve.”