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Gov. Brian Kemp backs Juneteenth as Georgia state holiday

Gov. Brian Kemp backs Juneteenth as Georgia state holiday
Posted at 9:11 PM, Dec 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-22 21:11:31-05

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp is supporting a plan to add Juneteenth as a mandatory 13th holiday for Georgia state employees.

Lawmakers are likely to consider it after they convene in January. President Joe Biden signed a law earlier this year making Juneteenth a federal holiday.

The holiday marks when some enslaved Black people in Texas became among the last in Confederacy to learn they were free.