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UAW President Ray Curry statement on Juneteenth

On January 1, 1863, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation which freed more than three million enslaved people in the United States, mostly in the Confederate states.  It took another two and a half years and the surrender of the Confederate army before it became a reality for the enslaved people in Texas.  On June 19th, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, TX, secured the state and informed them that they were free. June 19th has come to symbolize a day of freedom and unity. It is a day to reflect on our past with honesty and hope for tomorrow. ... Read more