Juneteenth federal holiday bill

Juneteenth federal holiday bill : Biden Signs bill in to law making it national holiday

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Juneteenth federal holiday bill
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US President Joe Biden has signed legislation establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day.

  • It is a US federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the country.
  • The date is already celebrated as a state or ceremonial holiday in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Texas became the first to make it a state holiday in 1980.
  • Juneteenth — also known as Emancipation Day, Black Independence Day and Jubilee Day — is the 11th federal holiday and the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983.
  • Juneteenth commemorate 19 June 1865, when Union Major General Gordan Granger announced the end of slavery in Galveston, Texas in accordance with president Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation proclamation.
  • European colonists first forcibly brought enslaved Africans by ship to the British colonies that became the United States in the 1600s; millions of people were legally owned there until the 13th Amendment passed in 1865.
  • The 13th Amendment was ratified a few months later, in December 1865, formally abolishing slavery in the U.S.
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  • Biden praised the country’s newest holiday as a way to help heal centuries-old divisions and bring about racial justice.
Juneteenth federal holiday bill

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