Updated: Mar 19, 2019
(CONCORD MONITOR): New Hampshire took one step closer to recognizing “Juneteenth,” the commemoration of the abolition of slavery, after a unanimous vote in the state senate Thursday.
In a 24-0 vote, the chamber voted to pass Senate Bill 174, which would call on the state governor to issue an annual proclamation recognizing Juneteenth – sometimes called Emancipation Day – every June 19.
The commemoration recognizes the June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers entered Galveston, Texas after the surrender of Robert E. Lee in the Civil War, and informed residents that the slaves were all emancipation. The annual celebration of that event was started off by Texas in 1980; since then, most U.S. states have established the tradition.