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Bipartisan effort led by Texans to make Juneteenth a federal holiday passes Congress

The bill was passed in both chambers with wide support.

The Juneteenth historic marker is located on Strand Street in Galveston. The marker commemorates June 19, 1865, the day that Union soldiers arrived in Galveston to inform enslaved black Texans that slavery had ended, two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. June 15, 2020.

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