Senate Unanimously Passes Bill For Juneteenth Holiday

The Washington Post reports:

The Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a measure that would establish a federal holiday for Juneteenth, the day that marks the end of slavery in the United States. The bill now heads to the Democratic-led House, where it is likely to be approved, although the timing remains uncertain.

Unanimous Senate passage of the bill was an anticlimactic culmination to a long effort to commemorate Juneteenth, the day that enslaved Black people in Galveston, Tex., received news on June 19, 1865 that they had been freed by the Emancipation Proclamation — more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln had signed it.

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