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June 19, 2018
"On this Juneteenth – our liberation day –  the African soldiers, the African Infantry, went from plantation to plantation – it was African soldiers – 200,000 of them that Lincoln said that they could not have won the Civil War without those African soldiers and they went from plantation to plantation freeing enslaved Africans," said Assemblymember Barron, a member of the Assembly Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus, discussing a resolution proclaiming June 19, 2018 as Juneteenth in New York. (K.1402)