Laramie County Lawmaker To Propose Juneteenth As State Holiday
2022 is the first year that Juneteenth has been recognized as a federal holiday, meaning all federal government offices are closed today.
Many banks are also closed, as banks generally close on federal holidays. Juneteenth commemorates the arrival of federal troops in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, and the announcement that slaves in Texas were now free.
While the Emancipation Proclamation two-and-a-half years earlier had legally ended slavery in the United States and the surrender of the Confederacy in April of 1865 had led to the actual freeing of most slaves in the south, slavery had de facto continued in Texas, which was mostly untouched by the Civil War and where many slaveholders had continued the practice even after the war ended.
But Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston on June 19 and issued an order freeing the remaining slaves in that state.
While Juneteenth is being recognized as a federal holiday for the first time this year, it's not a state holiday in Wyoming or many other states. But state Representative Landon Brown [R-Laramie County] says he plans to introduce legislation that would make it a state holiday in Wyoming. On his Facebook page, Brown posted the following over the weekend: