SEATTLE, WA – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) released the following statement in honor of Juneteenth:

“One hundred and fifty-seven years ago, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and delivered the news that all enslaved Americans were free following the conclusion of the war. Juneteenth marks the celebration of the end of slavery in the United States, but it also serves as a reminder of the ongoing injustices that Black Americans face to this day. From inequitable access to education and economic opportunity, to health disparities and the threat of police brutality, that is the Black experience in America and it must change. In Congress I remain committed to doing everything in my power to fight hate and racism and I will not stop until every American has equal opportunities to succeed.”