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Georgia Gov. Kemp backs Juneteenth as official state holiday

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp(AP)
Published: Dec. 22, 2021 at 12:48 PM EST
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ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Brian Kemp is supporting a plan to add Juneteenth as a mandatory 13th holiday for Georgia state employees.

Lawmakers are likely to consider it after they convene in January.

President Joe Biden signed a law earlier this year making Juneteenth a federal holiday.

The holiday marks when some enslaved Black people in Texas became among the last in Confederacy to learn they were free.

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