Juneteenth set to become an official Washington state holiday

A board is covered with messages during the Juneteenth Freedom March and Celebration at the Jimi Hendrix Park on June 19, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

Juneteenth is going to become an official Washington state holiday, as soon as the governor signs legislation that has now passed both the state Senate and House.

“Observing June 19th as Juneteenth will recognize the significance of America’s history of slavery, the vestiges of which continue in the oppression from institutional racism that remain today,” Gov. Jay Inslee said.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day when the last enslaved African Americans learned

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