10Listens: What is closing and staying open over Juneteenth?

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — President Joe Biden officially made Juneteenth, June 19, a federal holiday on Thursday. He signed the bill into law that received sweeping approval in Congress. It passed the Senate unanimously and went through the House of Representatives on Wednesday with a 415-14 vote.

The holiday commemorates June 19, 1865, when union soldiers brought news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas — 2 months after the Confederacy surrendered.

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