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