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June 11, 2014

Juneteenth, ‘Black Independence Day,’ aims for national recognition

National recognition has eluded Juneteenth, the day in 1865 that Texas slaves learned they were free, for more than a century. But its supporters believe the 150th anniversary of the Civil War may be the turning point for the day. A Senate bill to make Juneteenth a Day of National Observance has 30 co-sponsors, and backers say more than 43 states, including North Carolina, have named it a formal holiday or day of observance.

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