COLUMBUS — State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today signed onto a concurrent resolution urging Congress to designate June 19th a paid federal holiday. This date is to be known as Juneteenth Independence day in recognition of June 19, 1865, when news of the end of slavery reached the southwestern states two months after the end of the American Civil War.  


“Commemorating Juneteenth as a paid federal holiday will allow us a moment of reflection. This is an important date in our history when we inched just a little closer toward justice for all.  If we ever wish to move closer toward greater equality, we must acknowledge the stain of racism on our country,” said Rep. Lepore-Hagan.


This resolution comes on the heels of civil unrest across the nation in support of racial equity and justice for African American communities. Federal acknowledgement of this notable date is one way to ensure minority communities can annually commemorate their history.


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