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Juneteenth Now a State Holiday in New Jersey

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Students and faculty take part in a Juneteenth March for Justice on the Stockton University campus in Galloway Township, New Jersey, on June 19, 2020. (Edward Lea/The Press of Atlantic City via AP)

By    |   Friday, 11 September 2020 08:41 AM

New Jersey will now recognize Juneteenth, the day that recognizes the end of slavery, as a state holiday.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed a declaration Thursday on the matter.

"It gives me great pride to celebrate emancipation and New Jersey's great diversity by designating Juneteenth as an official State holiday," Murphy said in a statement.

"Commemorating this date is just one component of our collective approach to end a generational cycle of pain and injustice that has gone on for far too long. Every Juneteenth, we will celebrate the end of the physical chains which once held Black Americans down.

"While more work lies ahead to undo the oppression that remains, Juneteenth is an important marker that reminds us of our mission to create a society that enables our Black communities to achieve the full equality which they deserve."

Juneteenth started on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which ended slavery in the United States. The holiday was celebrated among the Black community for decades but took on new life this year amid the racial protests that have occurred since George Floyd died while in police custody on Memorial Day.

Singer SZA said of Murphy's declaration, "I am a direct descendant of slavery. My great grandmother, my great-great grandmother, that is my family. It is not even a past stain. It is a current reality that we are living through the post traumatic slave syndrome, the PTSD, and the effects of that currently, right now. Thank you, Governor Murphy for this."

President Donald Trump took credit for making Juneteenth "very famous" after he rescheduled a campaign rally originally slated to be held on that date.

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New Jersey will now recognize Juneteenth, the day that recognizes the end of slavery, as a state holiday. Gov. Phil Murphy signed a declaration Thursday on the matter. "It gives me great pride to celebrate emancipation and New Jersey's great diversity by designating Juneteenth...
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