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Juneteenth proclaimed state holiday again in Alabama, after bill to make it permanent falters

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has again approved Juneteenth— the day commemorating the tip of slavery in the United States — as a state holiday, whereas legislative efforts to make it a permanent holiday in the state have to date faltered.

Ivey’s workplace mentioned Monday that June 19 might be a holiday for state staff coinciding with the federal holiday. 

Juneteenth has been a federal holiday since 2021.

This would be the fourth 12 months that Ivey has designated it as a state holiday.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey approved Juneteenth— the day commemorating the tip of slavery in the United States — as a state holiday. REUTERS

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day enslaved individuals in Galveston, Texas, realized from Union troopers that they have been free.

The information got here two months after the tip of the Civil War and about 2 1/2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

Action by the Alabama Legislature can be required to make Juneteenth a permanent state holiday.

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June 19 might be a holiday for state staff coinciding with the federal holiday.  MediaNews Group by way of Getty Images
Volunteers finish painting the Black Lives Matter mural around Court Square Fountain
Juneteenth has been a federal holiday since 2021. AP

There have been efforts to achieve this or to abolish or rename of the state’s three Confederate-related holidays. So far none of these efforts have been profitable.

A bill proposed this year would have added Juneteenth as a permanent holiday. It would have let state workers select whether or not they needed to take that day or Jefferson Davis’ birthday off from work.

The state House of Representatives authorised the bill, however it didn’t get a vote in the Alabama Senate.

Alabama has three Confederate-related state holidays that close state offices.

Alabama marks Confederate Memorial Day in April and the birthday of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in June.

The state collectively observes Robert E. Lee Day with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January.

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