Congress Approves Bill to Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday


The nation will soon have a new federal holiday now that both chambers of Congress have passed legislation to commemorate the end of slavery on June nineteenth the house voted overwhelmingly four hundred fifteen to fourteen to make Juneteenth the new federal holiday some Republicans opposed the legislation including Montana congressman Matt Rosendale who called it an effort to celebrate quote identity politics Juneteenth commemorates when the last in sleeved Americans learned they were free June nineteenth eighteen sixty five in Galveston Texas Juneteenth will be the twelfth federal holiday the last one designated was Martin Luther king day in nineteen eighty three Jackie Quinn Washington

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