BOSTON (CBS) — Juneteenth is officially a state holiday in Massachusetts.

June 19 marks the day in 1865 that enslaved Africans in Galveston, Texas learned of their freedom. On Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker signed a $1.1 billion supplemental budget that designated the holiday and covered some of the state’s COVID-19 spending.

Baker wrote that the legislation “establishes Juneteenth Independence Day as an annual state holiday on June 19 in order to recognize the continued need to ensure racial freedom and equality.”

There was a new energy for Juneteenth commemorations this year in the wake of George Floyd’s killing. More municipalities, states and companies have recently decided to recognize Juneteenth as a holiday.



Comments (4)
  1. JimStark says:

    Great governor Baker, play to whiners and cry babies and screw the tax payers yet again.
    Juneteenth sounds like it was named by Bart Simpson and it is completely non descriptive, there are 7 days in june that end in “teen”. Who was the fool that gave it this moniker?

    1. PWats says:

      Oop found the racist.

  2. HeadCount says:

    PWats is the racist, an ant who thinks he knows it all, but runs like a coward. Juneteenth is the day I sit on the thrown and take a dunk.

  3. Dunks says:

    They’re gonna have a dunk tank??

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