Juneteenth is a momentous occasion in our history that marks the beginning of the right to celebrate freedom for all. This is an important time to acknowledge all who've fought against the evil of slavery and reflect on our journey as Americans to stand against racial injustice.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine
Recognition of Juneteenth reflects the commonwealth’s resounding belief in liberty and equality for every citizen and commemorates the strength and courage of African Americans
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear
As we move forward I believe the least we can do is to commit to learning the lessons of our history.
Delaware Governor John Carney
We must do more as a nation, in our schools and in our homes – to teach the significance of Juneteenth and recommit to the work of finally achieving equal rights, equal opportunity and equal justice for all Americans.
Vermont Governor Phil Scott
It is time to engage issues of racial reconciliation head on...This day represents the promise of a free and just society...
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee
I urge all Illinois residents to reflect on our history, our future, and the actions we can take, individually and collectively, to truly build ourselves into the equitable nation of our ideals - a land of freedom and opportunity for all.
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker
...simply recognizing a day and educating people about our country's history is not enough. We must do more. We must take action to reach the goal of a more equal and just society.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont
I hope you'll take this opportunity to learn more about our history and explore ways that we can all do more to end racial injustice.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam
Today, we celebrate Juneteenth—the day we recognize the emancipation of slaves. We should always remember our history. We should confront it and work to improve. Today, we honor the people who have worked to make our country more free and just for all.
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery in the United States and it is a celebration of freedom, justice, and equality for all Americans.
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts
Juneteenth marks the celebration of not just a moment in the past, but also a renewed shared commitment to ensuring equality and opportunity are a reality for all Americans in the present and in the future.
Idaho Governor Brad Little
Juneteenth Day commemorates a momentous chapter in our nation’s history for liberty. Although we are working to make positive strides, much can still be done to achieve greater equity and inclusion. I look forward to engaging with all Utahns in pursuit of racial justice.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert
Today marks the celebration of Juneteenth -- a day where we recognize the end of slavery in the United States and reflect on where we are as a nation.
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt
I call on all Montanans to rededicate ourselves to the cause of equality and freedom for all, no matter who we are or how we look. We must continue to demand accountability, seek justice, and pursue progress peacefully so that the highest ideals of our nation can finally be realized.
Montana Governor Steve Bullock
Juneteenth is a day to reflect upon our American freedoms as exemplified in the Constitutions of the United States, the Bill of Rights, and the Emancipation Proclamation.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson
This Juneteenth, we are reminded that, while we have made progress in our country, we still have a lot of work to do to address the inequities that Black Americans face every day.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer
This year, Juneteenth celebrations take place amid continued calls for justice, with people across the nation speaking out against systemic racism and its deadly consequences for Black Americans. These demonstrations, fueling important reforms throughout the United States, are the latest contributions to building a more perfect union – where liberty and justice are indeed “for all.” We remember those who have lived and died in this pursuit, and their memory inspires us to continue that project.
California Governor Gavin Newsom
On Juneteenth 2020, we mark the anniversary of the day in 1865 when the last enslaved Black Americans in the U.S. were declared free. And we recommit ourselves to keep fighting for change until Oregon – and all of these United States – reflect racial justice.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown
On Juneteenth, the last enslaved people in the U.S. were emancipated. Since 1865, supposedly free African Americans have been disenfranchised and brutalized by our public institutions. Now is the time to build a more just America.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee
We encourage North Dakotans to observe and learn more about this day commemorating the end of slavery, as we renew our commitment to the ideals of democracy and liberty, justice and equality for all citizens.
North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum
Today, we commemorate Juneteenth Day to remind ourselves that there was a time in our history that not all Americans were free. Let's celebrate this important milestone toward achieving the American ideal: "all men are created equal."
South Dakota Governor Krisi Noem
On Juneteenth, we celebrate emancipation, but we also recognize the existing injustices that we still must fight. Let’s remain committed to eliminating individual and institutional racism and to working toward a more just Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo
Arizona joins the nation in celebrating Juneteenth, a day when the promise of freedom was fulfilled for all Americans.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey
As we observe Juneteenth, I’m urging all Georgians to unite and support our fellow Georgians in the African American community. Let’s reaffirm our commitment to our highest ideals: liberty and justice for all.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp
The state of Indiana encourages people to observe Juneteenth as an opportunity to reflect, rejoice and plan for a brighter future as we continue to address racial injustices in our society today.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb
We are reminded of heroes like Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, whose legacies are permanently enshrined in the history of our state. May we continue working to realize the vision that they and so many other freedom fighters had for Maryland and for our nation.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan
This is a day to celebrate Black liberation, freedom and independence. But it’s also a time to recognize our country’s history, the accomplishments of Black people and the necessary progress that still must come.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper
Today we celebrate Juneteenth, the day when enslaved Black Americans in Texas finally learned they were emancipated. We use this moment to reflect on the work still to be done to address the lasting consequences of systemic racism.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Juneteenth today, celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu
We each play a role in sustaining the self-evident truth that all people are created equal. Today on Juneteenth, we celebrate the end of the horrors of African American slavery in the U.S. and recognize the ongoing fight for racial equality throughout the nation.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf
Juneteenth is a day on which we must acknowledge the evils of slavery, to honor and respect the devastating impact slavery imposed on African Americans and our country as a whole, and to engage in conversation to learn from our history. Let us all come together, young and old, to listen, to learn, and to grow, as well as to reaffirm our commitment to upholding the inalienable rights outlined in our nation’s constitution – the rights of liberty, dignity, and equality for all citizens.
Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy
Juneteenth is a day to celebrate freedom, a day focused on self-improvement and education, and a day to embrace diversity.
Hawaii Governor David Ige
Juneteenth is a celebration of human dignity and freedom, but it’s also a reminder of the dark and irrevocable original sin of this nation, the structural and social effects of which we are sadly still grappling with today.
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham
Today marks the 155th anniversary of the date that news of the Emancipation Proclamation arrived in Texas. We celebrate and recognize the freedom Juneteenth represents. Texas continues to stand for liberty for all.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott
155 years ago, enslaved African Americans in Galveston took their first steps toward freedom. Those protesting at this very moment know that journey is not finished and that much work remains to ensure true justice for Black America.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy
Today we celebrate Juneteenth as the end of slavery in the United States. We recognize the struggle that African Americans continue to have as we work for a more equitable society, with liberty and justice for all.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson
Honoring Juneteenth gives us all an opportunity to develop a greater and deeper understanding and appreciation of the experiences of African Americans. As we take time to reflect today, may we all recommit ourselves to the ongoing fight for equity and justice.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards
Juneteenth is an opportunity to recommit ourselves to the goal of creating a more equal and just society.