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US News "Junetenth": The American Congress approves a holiday to commemorate the end of the slavery

06:20  17 june  2021
06:20  17 june  2021 Source:   20minutes.fr

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Une manifestation à l'occasion de «juneteenth», qui marque la fin de l'esclavage aux Etats-Unis, en 2020. © Joseph Prezioso / AFP A demonstration on the occasion of "Junetenth", which marks the end of slavery in the United States, in 2020. BLACK LIVES MATTER - The date of June 19, 1865 marked the end of the Slavery in the Confederate South, two years after the proclamation of Lincoln

in a rare moment of Union, Republicans and American Democrats approved Wednesday in Congress the creation of a new federal holiday on June 19, to commemorate emancipation The last slaves to Texas in 1865. The Chamber has definitively adopted this text by 415 votes to 14, with the support of the Democratic and Republican leaders. The day before, he had been approved unanimously in the Senate.

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President Joe Biden must now promulgate this law, but his support is no doubt. "This day represents freedom," launched the elected Democrat of the House of Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee, one of the parliamentarians who brought the bill to make " Junetenth " - contraction of June and 19 in English - a holiday.

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in front of the old photo From a black lacée man, Sheila Jackson Lee, an African-American elected, spoke in the hemicycle of the "long trip" traveled until this vote. "But we are here today, free to vote in favor of Junenth as National Independence Day, a federal holiday for America," she said.

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"Recognize and learn past mistakes is essential to advance," wrote Senator Republican John Cornyn, who had worn with her bill. These two parliamentarians represent Texas at Congress. It was in this vast state that the last slaves had learned on June 19, 1865 that they were now free.

President Abraham Lincoln had in fact released the slaves of their easement two and a half years before, by signing on 1 January 1863 the proclamation of emancipation. But during the war of American secession (1861-1865), slavery had endured in the southern Confederate States.

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The head of the Confederate army Robert Lee had signed his surrender on April 9, 1865. And it took more than two months for the new arrival to the small Texane town of Galveston, June 19th. The "Junetenth" was already a holiday in some American states, including Texas, but he had not so far been marked by a federal date.

Calls to make it a holiday had redoubled after the murder of George Floyd, an African-American killed by a white policeman on May 25, 2020. This date of 19 June "reminds us of a history tainted with brutality and injustice, And she reminds us of the responsibility that we have to build a future of progress for all, who honors the ideal of equality "of the United States, said Champ Democrat, Nancy Pelosi.

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