Senate passes bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday

“This is huge,” tweeted MP Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.) After the vote. “I look forward to getting this law passed and enacted in the house #Juneteenth a federal holiday. “

The tenth of June, which is celebrated annually on June 19 and is already recognized as a public holiday in 45 states, commemorates the end of slavery in the Confederate States. While President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, it took another two and a half years until about 250,000 slaves in Texas learned of their freedom on June 19, 1865.

Slavery in the United States was officially banned with the ratification of the 13th Amendment in December 1865.

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