Tennessee Lawmakers Want to Make Juneteenth a Holiday


On July fourth, as Americans we celebrate the independence of the United States breaking away from England. But the holiday Juneteenth, may seem foreign to some Americans. Juneteenth is celebrates and commemorates the end of slavery in the United States of America. The holiday can be traced back to 1865 in Galveston, Texas.

What is very interesting and heartbreaking about the day is that it announced that all slaves were free, two and a half years after the President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation(1863).

Just recently, Representative Antonio Parkinton, Senator Raumesh Akbari introduced the bill back in January. It would make Juneteenth, June 19 a legal holiday.

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