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Washington/Canadian-Media: United States President Joe Biden declares Juneteenth, June 19 as an official holiday in the US to commemorate the end of slavery.
Imagee credit: Asha Bajaj
The legislation of Juneteenth as a federal holiday was signed by Biden Thursday marking , effective immediately. Before the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act was signed by Biden, Juneteenth was recognized as either a state or ceremonial holiday in 48 states and Washington, D.C.
Juneteenth celebrates the Emancipation Proclamation, which only freed slaves in the South, the 13th Amendment is what officially ended slavery in the U.S.
Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger informed on June 19, 1865 to community in Galveston, Texas, that President Abraham Lincoln had freed enslaved people in rebel states two and a half years earlier and also pressed locals to comply with the directive.
The holiday is looking a little different from most years.
The event which was celebrated virtually last year would see 144 million Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 gather in person.
Created in 1997 by Ben Haith, the founder of the National Juneteenth Celebration Foundation, the original Juneteenth flag has a blue and red stripe with a white star in the middle with an outline surrounding the star, and an arc that extends across the width of the flag.