Lawmakers tout effort to create Juneteenth federal holiday

Lawmakers tout effort to create Juneteenth federal holiday

WASHINGTON — Juneteenth, the annual celebration of the day slaves in Galveston learned they were free, is overdue as a federal holiday, three Democratic members of Congress said Wednesday.At an event on the Capitol grounds, U.S. Reps. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, and Barbara Lee, D-Calif., who is originally from El Paso, touted a bill that would create a Juneteenth federal holiday and said the recognition would honor Black history, often […]
Source: Statesman