Senate Approves Federal Holiday Commemorating End of Slavery

The Senate has approved a bill that would make Juneteenth a federal holiday.

Juneteenth, a day commemorating the end of slavery, would be the 12th federal holiday.

On June 19th two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Union soldiers announced to the last enslaved African Americans that they had been freed.

The bill now goes down to the House, where it is expected to easily pass.

Most states in the U.S. already recognize Juneteenth.