Commissioner John Price, speaking for the Dallas County Commissioners Court, reflected upon and commemorated the history of the civil war and slavery on June 18, the day before the 148th ‘Juneteenth Independence Day.’
While the emancipation proclamation was issued by President Lincoln in 1863, freeing slaves in the United States, it wasn’t until June 19, 1865, that Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas and announced the end of the war to the last of the Confederate forces, formally eradicating slavery from the United States. Former slaves in the Southwest celebrated the anniversary of their freedom, June 19, as ‘Juneteenth.’
“This court is in lockstep with the movement of the U.S. Congress, the Congressional Black Caucus and American of all genders, races and creeds who respect the integrity of our history as a nation,” Price said.
An employee of Dallas County, Jimmy Walter Smith retired and was recognized before the Commissioners Court on June 18 after serving as a Lead Painter for 29 years. A Dallas native and the son of an Air Force father, Smith attended W.W. Samuell High School and is married to Cindy Smith. Together they raised two children, Jason and Jennifer, and have three grandchildren.
Commissioner John Price, on behalf of the Dallas County Commissioners Court, extended “sincere appreciation” to Mr. Smith for his faithful service to the County and wished Mr. Smith the best on his retirement. Smith “has given long and faithful service to Dallas County,” Price said.
Commissioner Garcia and her colleagues welcomed Dr. José Octavio Tripp Villanueva, the new Consul General of Mexico, as a visitor to Dallas County Commissioners Court yesterday. Consul General Tripp, a member of the Mexican Foreign Service since 1994, also served as Director General of the Scientific and Technical Cooperation at the Mexican Agency for International Development (AMEXCID) at the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs as of May 2013. Continue reading “Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia recognizes Consul General of Mexico…”