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Senate Approves Bill To Make Juneteenth A Federal Holiday

Mª del Rosario Castro Díaz Mª del Rosario Castro Díaz

Senate Approves Bill To Make Juneteenth A Federal Holiday

The House is expected to pass the bill on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the Senate unanimously passed a bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday after the important holiday’s increased recognition in the past couple of years.

Juneteenth, which falls on June 19th, celebrates the day where the last enslaved African Americans in Texas learned they were freed, two years after then-President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. The announcements were, at the time, dependent on the advancement of troops into certain regions. Since Texas was in a more remote part of the country, freed slaves in Texas would not find out until June 19, 1865, with the announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army General Gordon Granger.

If the bill is passed, it would make Juneteenth the 12th official federal holiday, renamed as Juneteenth National Independence Day. Many states already recognize Juneteenth as a holiday or have an official observance, but the bill would make it recognized on a national scale.

The House is expected to vote on Wednesday, and the bill is expected to pass through to President Biden’s desk for his signature of approval.

See also: What Is Juneteenth? 5 Things To Know About This Historic American Holiday

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