Huntington designates Juneteenth as legal holiday

Published: Jun. 17, 2020 at 6:46 PM EDT
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Huntington is among the first cities in the country to officially designate Juneteenth as a legal holiday.

The city made that announcement Wednesday evening after Huntington City Council unanimously adopted a resolution designating Juneteenth (June 19) as a legal holiday.

Mayor Steve Williams immediately signed the act into law.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when the last enslaved African Americans in the Confederacy were freed.