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'Juneteenth' observance passes House

Apr 7, 2021

The North Dakota House has voted in favor of the state observing “Juneteenth.”

The day is called that because on June 19th, 1865, slavery officially ended in Texas. And it is observed by 47 other states.

Rep. Austen Schauer (R-West Fargo) said this does not involve a mandatory day off for private of public employees.

"It is meant to bring unity to a sometimes, if not often, divided country," Schauer said.

Schauer said it is also meant as a day to condemn human trafficking.