Gov. Ivey proclaims June 19, 2021 as Juneteenth Day in Alabama

Makes June 18 a state holiday
Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 6:24 PM EDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Governor Kay Ivey proclaimed June 19, 2021 as Juneteenth Day in the state of Alabama.

Juneteenth marks June 19th,1865, when the last enslaved people of African descent were set free in Galveston, Texas two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and several months after congress passed the 13th amendment.

UPDATE: Governor Ivey declared Friday, June 18 a holiday for state employees following the federal bill that made Juneteenth a national holiday. Ivey said all state offices will be closed except in areas where it is essential to maintain personnel. Ivey said if it is necessary for any employee to work on that day, they should be allowed time off as soon thereafter as possible.

You can read Governor Ivey’s proclamation here:

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