MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to make Juneteenth a city holiday.
Juneteenth, observed on June 19, commemorates the day in 1865 when enslaved Black Americans in Galveston, Texas finally learned they had been freed two-and-a-half years earlier, when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
It will now be a paid holiday for city employees. This is the first time in more than three decades that Minneapolis has added a new holiday to its city calendar, with the last being Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1986.
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