North Carolina county to vote on Juneteenth holiday


RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A North Carolina county’s board of commissioners will vote Monday to make Juneteenth a county holiday.

Wake County Board of Commissioners Chairman Greg Ford said on Twitter Saturday that all commissioner on the board will vote for the resolution.

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Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when the last enslaved African Americans learned they were free. If the resolution passes, June 19 would be a paid holiday for county employees.

In a response to Ford’s announcement, Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said on Twitter her city would be “doing the same.”

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