Biden Signs Bill Making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

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President Joe Biden signed a bill on Thursday making Juneteenth a federal holiday. June 19th, also known as Juneteenth, commemorates the end of slavery when the last people enslaved were freed in Galveston, Texas in 1865. Juneteenth is the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

According to Biden, the bill had overwhelming bipartisan support and that signing this bill into law is one of his greatest honors as president. “I hope this is the beginning of a change in the way we deal with one another,” Biden said.

The Congressional Black Caucus as well as Vice President Kamala Harris watched as Biden signed the bill into law. “Our federal holidays are purposely few in number and recognize the most important milestones,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. “I cannot think of a more important milestone to commemorate than the end of slavery in the United States.”

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