Tulsa city and county adopt Juneteenth as official holiday


October 13, 2021

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The city of Tulsa and Tulsa County have each announced they will officially recognize Juneteenth as a holiday.

June 19 will be an additional paid holiday for city and county employees beginning in 2022.

June 19, 1865, is the day Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas — some 2 1/2 years after President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation had freed slaves in Southern states.

"Juneteenth is an important day in our country's history, and I'm glad we are able to celebrate freedom for all Americans in this way by j...

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