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West Virginia gov declares state holiday on Juneteenth

June 13, 2022 GMT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has declared Juneteenth as a state holiday.

Juneteenth is recognized on June 19 each year and celebrates the ending of slavery in the United States in 1865.

Because June 19 this year falls on a Sunday and the following Monday is already a state holiday for West Virginia Day, Juneteenth will be observed this Friday as a full-day holiday for all state public employees, the governor’s office said Monday in a statement.

On Saturday evening, the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs will host a free Juneteenth celebration on the state Capitol grounds. The event will include bands and food vendors.

West Virginia marked Juneteenth as a state holiday for the first time last year.