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Senate passes bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday

The Senate voted via unanimous consent on Tuesday to pass a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday.

The big picture: Juneteenth is already commemorated in 49 states and the District of Columbia. The day memorializes when the last enslaved African Americans in Texas learned about their freedom on June 19, 1865, more than 2.5 years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and months after the Civil War ended.

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