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Indiana Governor and Indianapolis Mayor declare June 19 as Juneteenth in state and capital

Proclamations made by Gov. Eric Holcomb and Mayor Joe Hogsett on Juneteenth
What is Juneteenth, and where is it celebrated?
Posted at 12:26 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 12:39:17-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett have signed proclamations declaring June 19 as Juneteenth in the state and capital city.

Juneteenth is a day to remember and celebrate the date when slavery ended for all Black Americans. Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was supposed to free all slaves in 1863. The news didn’t reach all of them until nearly three years later on June 19, 1865. A day that is now celebrated as Juneteenth.

Governor Holcomb issued his proclamation celebrating Juneteenth on Friday morning.

Mayor Hogsett issued a proclamation officially acknowledging the Juneteenth as a holiday in Indianapolis on Friday morning, as well.

The Juneteenth holiday is getting more attention this year, in part, because of the many protests and demonstrations for justice and equality after the several deaths of Black people at the hands of police — including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Dreasjon Reed. The 2020 Black Lives Matter movement can be compared to the 1950s over the forced segregation of Black people and white people.

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