United States to commemorate end of slavery to adopt public holiday

“Juneteenth” is one of the oldest commemorative dates for the end of slavery in the United States.

A symbolic day of great importance. The US Senate on Tuesday, June 15 unanimously adopted a resolution establishing June 19, “Juneteenth” , as National Emancipation Day, an American holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States . 

According to CNN , this resolution has been on the way since 2020 with the massive Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd, and then with the Democrats’ victory in the White House and Congress.

It had, however, been delayed until then by Republican Senator from Wisconsin, Ron Johnson, who blocked the bill. His argument: This day off for federal employees would cost US taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. On Tuesday, Ron Johnson abdicated, paving the way for the bill to pass in the Senate. The measure must now pass the House of Representatives and be signed by President Joe Biden to become law.

“Juneteenth” is “one of the oldest commemorative dates for the end of slavery in the United States,” the Washington Post explains  This word is a contraction in English of the words june (June) and nineteenth (nineteenth).

On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger announced in Galveston, Texas, the end of slavery in accordance with President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation . The owners refused until then to recognize the end of the Civil War and the proclamation of emancipation.

In 1980, “Juneteenth” became a holiday for the State of Texas. In the decades that followed, all states except South Dakota officially commemorated June 19, but, says CNN , only a handful of states now observe it as a paid public holiday. .

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