Bill recognizing 'Juneteenth Day' passes NV Senate

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(AP) - Nevada may soon be among the nearly 40 states that celebrate the landmark day marking the end of slavery in the U.S.

A proposal declaring June 19th "Juneteenth Day" passed the Nevada Senate on Friday. AB174 had already passed the Assembly and is headed to the governor for signature.

Las Vegas Democratic Assemblyman Harvey Munford co-sponsored AB174 along with North Las Vegas Democratic Assemblywoman Dina Neal and Las Vegas Democratic Assemblyman Joseph Hogan.

"Juneteenth Day" honors the day in 1865 that the last slaves were informed of their emancipation.

The news came reached Galveston, Texas more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln on Jan. 1, 1863.

The National Juneteenth Observance Foundation says Nevada would be the 39th state to recognize the date.


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