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US Congress votes to create Juneteenth holiday marking end of slavery

  • Published at 09:55 am June 17th, 2021
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File photo: Norma Ewing of Seattle holds a sign as people gather at Judkins Park for Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in Texas, two years after the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves elsewhere in the United States, in Seattle, Washington, US, June 19, 2020 Reuters

The White House has not yet said whether the Democratic president intends to sign it into law

The US House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed and sent to President Joe Biden a bill making June 19, or "Juneteenth," a federal holiday commemorating the end of legal enslavement of Black Americans.

The White House has not yet said whether the Democratic president intends to sign it into law.

The holiday marks the day in 1865 when a Union general informed a group of people enslaved in Texas that they had been made free two years earlier by President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War. 

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