On June 19, 1865, enslaved African Americans in Texas were informed they were free, more than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Every year since, we have commemorated Juneteenth as a celebration of our freedom.
It has been more than one hundred and fifty years since that day — yet we still have a plaque prominently displayed in the Texas Capitol (and maintained at taxpayer expense) that denies the Civil War was even fought over slavery.
I cannot think of a better way to celebrate Juneteenth this year than to have Texas Governor Greg Abbott publicly announce his support for the immediate removal of the "Children of the Confederacy Creed" plaque from the Texas Capitol.
If you agree, please join me in calling Governor Abbott at (512) 463-2000 to wish him a “Happy Juneteenth”, to remind him of what this holiday stands for, and to tell him that you want him to remove this inaccurate and disrespectful plaque from the Texas Capitol immediately.
Representative Eric Johnson
Texas House of Representatives