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Louisiana Becomes Latest State To Make Juneteenth A Holiday

FILE- In this June 19, 2020 file photo, protesters chant as they march after a Juneteenth rally at the Brooklyn Museum, Friday, June 19, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. On Thursday, July 23, 2020, New York State passed a bill to designate June 19 as Juneteenth to commemorate the emancipation of slaves in the U.S. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Louisiana Becomes Latest State To Make Juneteenth A Holiday

Governor John Bel Edwards just signed a bill making it official.

PUBLISHED ON : JUNE 14, 2021 / 08:51 PM

Written by Paul Meara

Juneteenth is officially a state holiday in Louisiana.

On Thursday (June 10), Gov. John Bel Edwards signed House Bill 554 into law, making June 19th a holiday.

On June 19, 1865, enslaved people in Galveston, Texas learned the Civil War had ended, and that the Emancipation Proclamation had freed them almost two year prior.

RELATED: Oregon Votes To Make Juneteenth A Holiday

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated memorialization of slavery ending in the United States.

According to US News & World Report, the Louisiana House voted for the measure 87-0, which was introduced by Baton Rouge Democratic Rep. Larry Selders. The state’s senate also unanimously voted for the bill 37-0.

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