Governor Lee signs legislation making Juneteenth a state holiday
The holiday was previously a “Day of Observance” in Tennessee.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - Juneteenth is now officially a legal holiday in Tennessee.
On Friday, Gov. Bill Lee signed legislation into law creating the new state holiday.
Juneteenth was already a federal holiday, but in Tennessee, it was only a “Day of Observance.”
It celebrates the end of slavery in the United States with June 19, 1865, being the day 250,000 slaves in Texas learned they had been freed.
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