Gov. Janet Mills has signed into law a bill that will make Juneteenth, the day that has come to mark the end of slavery in the U.S., a state holiday.

The law will not take effect until June 19, 2022.

According to the Press Herald:

Juneteenth marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 to ensure that all enslaved people were freed, more than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The following year, freedmen in Texas organized the first of what would become an annual celebration.

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