New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday issued an executive order to recognize 19th June as a holiday for state employees. 19th June is also known as Juneteenth. This day commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States that is the end of slavery. This day was first celebrated in Texas on 19th June 1865 when slaves were declared free under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation. Cuomo said that it will be a paid holiday for state employees and those who will work will receive one additional day off.
Cuomo will also propose legislation to make June 19th a state holiday from next year. Cuomo said that “I don’t think it has been recognized for the importance that denotes, and that’s why I’m going to propose legislation to make it an official holiday next year. And that’s why this year I’m doing what I can. What I can do is by executive order. Make it a state holiday for employees and that’s what I’m doing.”
Governor of Virginia also proposed to make Juneteenth a state holiday at the beginning of this week and now New York has also joined the list. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued for the first time by President Abraham Lincoln in which all the slaves in the confederate territory were declared free.
Andrew Cuomo and Virginia’s Governor Ralph Northam announced in the middle of the turmoil going on in the nation after the death of Gorge Floyd who died on May 25th in police custody. After his death, a nationwide protest took place on Black Lives Matter. People protested against racism and police brutality.
Last week President Donald Trump had rescheduled a campaign rally which was going to happen on Juneteenth in Tulsa, Okla. In 1921, Tulsa had hundreds of African Americans massacred by a group of white people making it one of the sites which have the worst instances of racial violence.
Last week a bill was introduced to make Juneteenth a holiday for people in the honour of “black and African-American freedom and achievements” by New York assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman.