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Lexington Democrat will attempt to make Juneteenth a state holiday (again)

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Lexington Democrat will attempt to make Juneteenth a state holiday (again)

Jun 14, 2024 | 3:33 pm ET
By Sarah Ladd
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Lexington Democrat will attempt to make Juneteenth a state holiday (again)
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Rep. George Brown, D-Lexington. (Photo by LRC Public Information)

Kentucky Rep. George Brown, D-Lexington, says he will file legislation in 2025 to try and establish Juneteenth as an official state holiday. 

Past efforts to do so have failed. 

Juneteenth became a federal holiday in 2021, commemorating the day in 1865 when the last enslaved people in the United States learned they were free in Galveston, Texas. 

President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation two years earlier, in 1863, but it was not immediately enforced in many areas of the south

In late May, Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order making Juneteenth an executive branch holiday

Meanwhile, the Legislative Research Commission announced in early June it will “remain open during regular office hours” on Juneteenth and “committee meetings for that day will proceed as scheduled.” 

There are two committee meetings scheduled for that day.