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A228, R260, H4731
Sponsors: Reps. Mitchell, Govan, Harrell, Miller and Sellers
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Introduced in the House on February 20, 2008
Introduced in the Senate on February 27, 2008
Passed by the General Assembly on April 9, 2008
Governor's Action: May 14, 2008, Signed
Summary: Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom Day
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2/20/2008 House Introduced and read first time HJ-13 2/20/2008 House Referred to Committee on Invitations and Memorial Resolutions HJ-13 2/21/2008 House Committee report: Favorable Invitations and Memorial Resolutions HJ-3 2/22/2008 Scrivener's error corrected 2/26/2008 House Read second time HJ-21 2/27/2008 House Read third time and sent to Senate HJ-23 2/27/2008 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-6 2/27/2008 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary SJ-6 2/29/2008 Senate Referred to Subcommittee: Martin (ch), Malloy, Campsen, Williams, Massey 4/2/2008 Senate Committee report: Favorable Judiciary SJ-10 4/8/2008 Senate Read second time SJ-11 4/9/2008 Senate Read third time and enrolled SJ-70 5/8/2008 Ratified R 260 5/14/2008 Signed By Governor 5/27/2008 Copies available 5/27/2008 Effective date 05/14/08 6/4/2008 Act No. 228
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(A228, R260, H4731)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 53-3-85 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE NINETEENTH DAY OF JUNE OF EACH YEAR IS DESIGNATED AS "JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM DAY" TO COMMEMORATE AND REFLECT ON THE FREEDOM OF AFRICAN AMERICANS AND THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS STATE AND NATION.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom Day, findings
SECTION 1. The General Assembly finds and declares that:
(1) On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas, to enforce President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and declare freedom for all slaves. Each year afterward, former Texas slaves and their descendents joined in a celebration of freedom on June nineteenth, and the day became known as "Juneteenth".
(2) Across our nation, Americans continue to celebrate Juneteenth, a day to reflect on the sufferings of slavery and to remember the joyful declaration of freedom. It is a time of rejoicing with family and friends and a time for planning the future.
(3) In South Carolina, the Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom Day gives us the opportunity to commemorate the heritage of our thriving African-American population. As we honor the courage and fortitude of their ancestors, we renew our commitment to combat injustice with the triumphant spirit of freedom.
Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom Day, designated
SECTION 2. Chapter 3, Title 53 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 53-3-85. The nineteenth day of June of each year is designated as 'Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom Day' to commemorate and reflect on the freedom of African Americans and their contributions to this State and nation."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 8th day of May, 2008.
Approved the 14th day of May, 2008.
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