Juneteenth commemorates the day federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, giving word to enslaved African Americans that they were free more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. When Juneteenth became a federal holiday last year, some activists were excited for it to get the recognition they felt it deserves, but the enthusiasm was dashed when they learned some state leaders decided not to follow suit by giving residents a day off work. Reasons vary from state to state — from lagging bureaucracy to disputes over when to actually celebrate the holiday. More: National Public Radio, WCSC TV, The State, The Washington Post
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