The Senate on Tuesday handed a bill to acknowledge Juneteenth, which commemorates the emancipation of slaves in the United States, as a federal holiday.
Many states have acknowledged Juneteenth for many years, however just some observe it as an official holiday. The holiday is already celebrated in 47 states and the District of Columbia, however has but to obtain federal recognition as a nationwide holiday.In the wake of protests towards police brutality final yr, dozens of corporations moved to give workers the break day for Juneteenth, and the push for federal recognition of the day as a paid holiday gained new momentum.
The day, which is also called Emancipation Day, remembers June 19, 1865, when Gordon Granger, a Union basic, arrived in Galveston, Texas, to inform enslaved African-Americans that the Civil War had ended and that that they had been freed underneath the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. The proclamation ended slavery solely in states that had seceded; an finish to slavery in the whole nation waited till December 1865, when the 13th Amendment was adopted into the Constitution.
Texas was the first state to observe Juneteenth as an official holiday, beginning in 1980.
The newest effort to commemorate the day as a federal holiday got here by means of a bill which the Senate handed unanimously on Tuesday. It heads to the House subsequent. If it turns into regulation, it could be the 11th nationwide holiday acknowledged yearly by the federal authorities.