Pennsylvania governor makes Juneteenth a state holiday

Pennsylvania governor makes Juneteenth a state holiday
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) on Wednesday declared Juneteenth a state holiday.

"Proud to designate June 19 as #Juneteeth National Freedom Day to commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States," Wolf tweeted.

"On this day, let us recognize the importance of continuing to build a nation that truly reflects the self-evident truth that all people are created equal," he added.

Juneteenth, June 19, marks the day slaves were emancipated in Texas, more than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

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This year's Juneteenth was accompanied by the first hearing on slavery reparations in over a decade.

Pennsylvania joins 45 other states and the District of Columbia in celebrating the holiday.

Only Hawaii, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana do not.