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Juneteenth Becomes National Holiday

FILE- In this June 19, 2020, file photo, protesters chant as they march after a Juneteenth rally at the Brooklyn Museum, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
FILE- In this June 19, 2020, file photo, protesters chant as they march after a Juneteenth rally at the Brooklyn Museum, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Back at the White House after his trip overseas to meet with foreign leaders,  President Joe Biden is signing a bill into law making Juneteenth a federal holiday.

The House passed the measure on Wednesday June 16th 2021, one day after the Senate passed it on Tuesday June 15th 2021.

Juneteenth will be celebrated on Saturday, June 19th 2021 in 47 states and DC.

Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when Union troops arrived in Texas and told the last enslaved people there they were free.

Juneteenth will mark the first new federal holiday created by Congress in nearly four decades.

 

 

FILE- In this June 19, 2020, file photo, protesters chant as they march after a Juneteenth rally at the Brooklyn Museum, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)  June 17th 2021

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