President Donald Trump and First Lady Melanie Trump congratulated Americans on the Abolition of Slavery Day, June 19.
“155 years ago, June 19, 1865, African Americans in Texas first heard the righteous and long-overdue words…: “All slaves are free.” These words confirmed to the still enslaved people in Texas that the Union Army would safeguard and defend their freedom, announced nearly three years ago by President Abraham Lincoln in his Proclamation of Liberation,” said President Trump in a statement issued by the White House.
The day of the abolition of slavery “reminds us both of the unimaginable injustice of slavery and of the incomparable joy that should have accompanied liberation. It is both a remembrance of a dark period in our history and a celebration of our country’s unrivalled ability to defeat darkness. This ability is rooted in America’s fundamental goodness – in the truths upon which we as a nation … have become a free and independent people: all men are created equal, all are endowed by our Creator with the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” the presidential document notes.
“This June, as one nation, we pledge to live up to our higher ideals and always strive for a freer and stronger nation that values the dignity and boundless potential of all Americans,” said Donald Trump.
Although slavery was abolished by President Abraham Lincoln back in 1863, several of the southern states that had formerly been part of the Confederation continued to resist the Proclamation of Liberation. The last state where slavery was abolished definitively was Texas, and that event occurred on June 19, 1865. Almost all U.S. states have since celebrated June 19 as Freedom Day or Juneteenth, the day of abolition of slavery.