NJ Spotlight News: June 17, 2021

Juneteenth is now officially a federal holiday in the United States. President Joe Biden Thursday made it the law of the land with a stroke of his pen after Congress overwhelmingly voted in favor of the proposal. The holiday commemorates the end of slavery, when on June 19, 1865 enslaved Black Americans in Texas learned they were freed two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. It’s the first new federal holiday created by Congress in nearly 40 years.

Thursday, officials announced 195 new, positive cases and 7 new deaths. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 890,878 cases in the state and 26,364 confirmed and probable deaths.

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