House Approves Helm’s Bill Establishing ‘Juneteenth National Freedom Day’ in Pennsylvania
HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin) establishing Juneteenth National Freedom Day as an annual observance in Pennsylvania was unanimously approved by the House of Representatives on Tuesday. House Bill 2128 will next be considered by the Senate.

Helm’s bill would provide for the annual designation of the third Saturday in June as Juneteenth National Freedom Day in Pennsylvania. Governmental entities, civic organizations and schools would be encouraged to observe the day in a manner that emphasizes the meaning of the Emancipation Proclamation and its importance to those who cherish liberty and equality for all people.

“Juneteenth is the oldest commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States that is observed nationally,” said Helm. “It is a time that is set aside to celebrate African-American freedom by emphasizing education and achievement. Currently, Juneteenth National Freedom Day is recognized in at least 37 states.”

In 2012, the House passed a resolution to recognize Juneteenth National Freedom Day in that year.

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Representative Sue Helm
104th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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