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Juneteenth to be observed as a state holiday in Kansas

Posted on AllSides October 10th, 2023
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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Juneteenth will now be observed as a state holiday in Kansas, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Tuesday. The holiday will apply to executive branch employees under the governor’s jurisdiction. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day the last enslaved Americans received word that President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation to abolish slavery more than 2 years after the end of the Civil War. In 2021, Juneteenth became the first federal holiday created in more than 40 years. Since then, Kansas’ neighboring states of Nebraska, Missouri,...

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