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US to have a new holiday to mark the end of slavery

The United States will soon have a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery.

The House voted 415-14 to make Juneteenth, or June 19th, the 12th federal holiday and President Joe Biden is scheduled to sign the bill into law on Thursday.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas two months after the Confederacy had surrendered.

It’s the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983.

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