Juneteenth to Become National Holiday to Commemorate End of Slavey in U.S.

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President Joe Biden plans to sign legislation on Thursday that would make June 19 a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S., after the House and Senate passed the bill in votes earlier this week.

The measure to establish the Juneteenth National Independence Day passed 415-14 on Wednesday, a day after it cleared the Senate by unanimous consent.

“With this step Congress is ensuring that one of the most momentous events in our history, particularly Black Americans, for 150 years now is officially recognized and it is enshrined in our history books and it takes it place of honor in our nation,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday on the House floor before the vote.

Biden will put his signature on the legislation and deliver remarks with Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House on Thursday afternoon, according to a statement released shortly after his return late Wednesday from nearly a week of travel to summits in Europe.

The date known as Juneteenth marks the day when the last enslaved African Americans were ordered freed after Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, three years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Texas was the last Confederate state where the federal Army re-established its authority, and word of the Civil War’s end — and slavery’s abolition — had taken two months to arrive.

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