Juneteenth is now a federal holiday

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – On Thursday, President Joe Biden signed a bill the made Juneteenth a federal holiday. Juneteenth will be celebrated on June 19, which is the day in 1865 when the last enslaved African Americans were notified, they were free. 

People visiting the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum said this was long overdue.

Angela Manning is an educator from Monroe, Louisiana, and she brought students down from Carrol High School to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum to learn more on African American history.

“I think that gives us more to celebrate. This country is actually exposing kids to our history and our heritage, and I think that’s a great thing” said Manning.

Local teacher, Christopher Robinson, also feels Juneteenth becoming a national holiday is long overdue. Robinson teaches at Piney Woods Country Life School and feels that with President Biden signing the bill for Juneteenth, it will have a profound effect on lessons in the classroom.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba released a statement about Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday.

It is critical that we not only teach history, but that we teach and reconcile with our correct history – a history rich in beauty and tragedy. It is my hope that the long overdue gesture of officially recognizing Juneteenth as a federal holiday will set into motion a wealth of true acts of justice around public safety, policing, voting rights, and racial equity. I am committed to the work that still lies ahead.”

Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba

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