ORLANDO, FLA. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — On June 17th, 2021, President Biden signed a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday. It was the first new federal holiday Martin Luther King Jr. Day was added in 1983.
But what do people really know about the origins of Juneteenth?
The 13th Amendment abolished slavery in January 1865, but it took until June of that year before Union forces reached Texas to enforce the end of slavery there. Texas was the last Confederate state in which slavery was officially abolished.
Juneteenth is observed on June 19th, which falls on a Sunday this year. Celebrate by buying from black-owned businesses, supporting and volunteering at community organizations that defend civil rights and educate yourself on racial issues that persist in the country.
Even though Texas was the last state to end slavery, it was the first state to make Juneteenth a state holiday, back in 1890.
Contributors to this news report include: Marsha Lewis, Producer; Roque Correa, Videographer and Editor.
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