Cuomo proposes making Juneteenth a state holiday

Jun 17, 2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says this Friday, June 19, known as Juneteenth in honor of the end of slavery in the U.S., will be a holiday for state workers. And he says he will work to make it a statewide holiday for 2021.

Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when slaves in Texas were finally freed, the last state in the nation that had not complied with President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.

Unlike past years, this summer's Juneteenth festival won't happen in person in Buffalo, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo hopes to make the day a state holiday.
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Cuomo said it is even more important to honor the day in the era of worldwide protests supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.  

“It is a day that we should all reflect upon,” Cuomo said. “It’s a day that is especially relevant in this moment in history.”  

The governor signed an executive order giving state workers this Friday off and he will propose a bill to make the date a statewide holiday next year. 

The legislature is expected to approve the measure.