Juneteenth in Michigan
In June, 2005, Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm signed legislation officially designating the third Saturday in June as Juneteenth National Freedom Day in Michigan. Senate Bill 384 (PA 48) was sponsored by Senator Martha G. Scott. Michigan was the 18th state to officially recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday.
“I am honored to officially declare Juneteenth National Freedom Day,” said Governor Granholm. “Juneteenth is a celebration of African American history and culture,” said Senator Scott who sponsored the legislation. “It is important that we promote understanding, freedom and a strong sense of community.”
Pictured are: Rep. Michael Murphy (deceased), Rev. A. Richard Doss and Marilyn (Plummer) Rogers with Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm at the ceremonial signing of the Juneteenth legislation, July 21, 2005. The Governor was presented with copies of the Juneteenth Activity Book and Souvenir Book.