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U.S. Congress votes to create Juneteenth holiday marking end of slavery

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By Makini Brice WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed and sent to President Joe Biden a bill making June 19, or “Juneteenth,” a federal holiday commemorating the end of legal enslavement of Black Americans. The White House has not yet said whether the Democratic president intends to sign it into law. The holiday marks the day in 1865 when a Union general informed a group of enslaved people in Texas that they had been made free two years earlier by President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War. During House floor…

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