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Mike Curtis Author
Communications Director , Republican Party of New Mexico

Albuquerque, June 19—The following is a statement from Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce as the nation observes this first Juneteenth federal holiday:
 
“Today marks the first Juneteenth National Independence Day, commemorating the emancipation of formerly enslaved African Americans. It was June 19th, 1865 when Union soldiers brought news of freedom to the enslaved in Galveston, Texas. The date marks the end of slavery and a turning point in our nation. The Republican Party has and will always stand for freedom. This date is an important part of our country’s history, and it must be honored. We should recognize the resilience and many contributions made by the African American community throughout history; this, as our nation continues to wrestle with racial injustice and social unrest, and we must continue to work to seek equality and justice for all.”
 
The following is from Stephanie Kennedy, Director of RPNM’s Communities of Color Christian Conservative Group, the Party’s minority engagement group in New Mexico:
 
“Today is a historic day in America. This holiday commemorates an important part of our past, and we must remember the pain of bondage and the suffering African Americans had to endure. We must recognize this day as a special day of freedom in our nation’s history. And with growing social unrest in American society, it also marks a time for realizing that we all are people of color and that justice and equality must prevail.”

The Republican Party of New Mexico (RPNM) advances the ideals of individual liberties for the advancement of its citizens and the greater prosperity of our communities throughout New Mexico. Led by an Executive Board and its Chairman, former NM Congressman Steve Pearce, RPNM serves all New Mexicans via its headquarters in Albuquerque and can be contacted at (505) 298-3662.

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