Americans are celebrating this Saturday (19), for the first time as a national holiday, “Junettin”. This date marks the last liberation of enslaved Texas in 1865 and is widely remembered in the country as a symbol of anti-racist movements.
Thursday (17), Chairman United States, Joe Biden, Signed into law a law that made July 19 a national holiday, Presented by the U.S. Congress and unanimously approved by Democratic and Republican senators.
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“Junetin” was already considered a holiday in some states across the country – but with the support of the Black Lives Matter movement, the pressure to pass a federal law has increased since the assassination of former black security guard George Floyd.
Day for the Abolition of Slavery will become a holiday in the United States
A series of demonstrations and tributes are set to take place this Saturday in various parts of the country.
In New York, a monument to George Floyd was erected – and this Junett opened near Brooklyn, which had a strong presence in the black community.
Floyd’s assassination sparked a series of anti-racist protests and police violence over the past year.
Protesters pay tribute to George Floyd’s memorial in New York this June 19, June 19 Photo – Photo: Gina Moon / Reuters
“Junettin” is an anthology in English dated June 19 (June 19). The day the last slaves in the country received the information that they were free – more than 150 years.
On January 1, 1863, then – President Abraham Lincoln signed the Declaration of Independence and ordered the end of slavery (approximately two and a half years from June 19, 1865).
However, during the American Civil War (1861-1865), the Southern Confederacy maintained the rule of slavery – which was also a factor in the war.
Confederation President Robert Lee signed his surrender on April 9, 1865, but it took more than two months for the news to reach Calveston, a small town in Texas on June 19.
The Junetine flag was flown in Omaha, Nebraska on Friday (19) – Photo: AP Photo / Natty Hornick