19th Jun,19 was an important day in American history, Pennsylvania will become the newest state to officially recognize Juneteenth, which celebrates the end of slavery in the United States.
Pennsylvania will join with 45 other states and the District of Columbia in either marking the day as a state holiday or observance. Now only four states left with this holiday:-Hawaii, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana.
What is Juneteenth and History?
Juneteenth: – is the combination of the words June and nineteenth – it is celebrated in US to memorized of the end of slavery. It honors June 19, 1865. That’s the day that Union Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, and told slaves of their freedom from slavery.
“In accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free,” Granger read to the crowd that day. It takes more than two years to effect after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
African-Americans and others mark Juneteenth it is also called Emancipation Day Similar to Fourth of July, Where Family and Friends come together to enjoy parties and picnics.
Texas was the first state to make Juneteenth a state holiday in 1980, but informally it had been celebrated since 1865.
Is it national holiday?
In one word No, as of now.
The US Senate passed a resolution year 2018 recognizing “Juneteenth Independence Day” as a national holiday, but approval from the House is still pending. An organization based in Mississippi known as “National Juneteenth Observance Foundation”, has worked for years to get Juneteenth recognized or observed as a national holiday.
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