Juneteenth state holiday approved in Tennessee
Published: Apr. 20, 2023 at 4:22 PM CDT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Juneteenth will officially become a state holiday in Tennessee.
Lawmakers passed the bill 61-18 on Thursday during the Tennessee House of Representatives floor session.
The name Juneteenth is a combination of June and the 19th and celebrates the end of slavery in the United States.
June 19 became a federal holiday in 2021, but currently a day of observance in Tennessee.
The soon to be state holiday now means state employees get paid time off for the day.
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