New Jersey governor declares Juneteenth a public holiday

New Jersey governor declares Juneteenth a public holiday
Gov. Phil Murphy (D) of New Jersey. (Image: Phil Murphy for Governor)

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday designated June 19, or Juneteenth, as a state and public holiday in the Garden State.

Juneteenth celebrates the final abolition of slavery in the United States: June 19, 1865, when the last few enslaved people in the country were informed of their liberty in Galveston, Texas.

“Every Juneteenth, we will celebrate the end of the physical chains which once held Black Americans down,” Murphy said in a press release.

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Murphy signed the bill on Sept. 10 alongside first lady Tammy Murphy in a socially distant video chat with music megastar SZA, who grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey.

“I’m signing it, SZA,” Murphy said.

“I can hear it! I can hear the pen to the paper,” the smiling star said.

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