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New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced Monday morning in a press release that June 16 would be recognized as a citywide paid holiday.
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“As the second black mayor of New York City, I know I stand on the shoulders of countless heroes and Sheroes who have risked their lives to achieve a more perfect union. Now is the time for me to do a small part and recognize one of our nation’s greatest wrongs,” Adams said in the statement.
Adams also shared his statement on Twitter, writing, “It’s about time our city finally did the right thing and officially designated June 16th as a city holiday. This decision is long overdue…”
New York City will see its first paid June 16th this year on June 19th.
The Biden government has declared June 16, 2021 a federal holiday. The holiday marks the anniversary of federal troops announcing the liberation of all enslaved people in Galveston, Texas in 1865.
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The 1865 announcement came nearly two months after the end of the Civil War and two years after Abraham Lincoln proclaimed his emancipation.
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New York City joins several other major US cities in recognizing June 16 as a paid city holiday, including Chicago, Illinois and Chattanooga, Tennessee.