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US Congress passes bill to make Juneteenth a holiday marking end of slavery

The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to create a federal holiday commemorating Juneteenth, which until now has been the unofficial fete marking the end of slavery in the United States.  REad more.

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