Letter to the editor: Juneteenth for Texas

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Dear Pampa News,

Hello, my name is Gialaya Dobbins. I am a sophomore in high school and a member of Girl Scout Troop 4413. I wanted to send this letter to explain why I believe Juneteenth should only be considered a Texas holiday instead of a national holiday.

Gordon Granger’s orders was originated in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1965, proclaiming that all enslaved persons in the U.S. State of Texas were now free. As you can see, he was really only talking about the slaves in Texas, not that every state was free of slaves.

This is not just me saying only Texans celebrate Juneteenth day, I’m just saying the concept of the holiday does not really meet the qualifications to be a nation-wide holiday.

In conclusion, Juneteenth does not really have anything to do with America as a whole. Instead, it should be a Texas-viewed holiday. Thank you so much for your time and I hope you will take this into consideration. 

-Sincerely, Gialaya Dobbins

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