Latest Juneteenth News

After vandalism, NYC George Floyd statue cleaned, will move

Jul. 24, 2021 09:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A statue of George Floyd that was defaced in Brooklyn has been cleaned and is headed for Manhattan's Union Square. The artwork was unveiled on the Juneteenth holiday in a spot on Flatbush Avenue. Five days later on June 24, it was vandalized with black...

Labor agreements reached for thousands of state employees

Jul. 23, 2021 07:19 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Thousands of state employees in Minnesota would get a raise and a new paid holiday if labor contract agreements are finalized. Minnesota's two biggest state employee unions on Thursday reached agreements with negotiators from Gov. Tim Walz's...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jul. 07, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

(Charleston) Post and Courier. July 5, 2021. Editorial: South Carolina needs a Juneteenth holiday, but not a 14th holiday Some calendars call today Independence Day observed. Of course, no one observes Independence Day today in the sense of shooting...

Vanessa Williams to honor Juneteenth at July 4 festivities

Jul. 02, 2021 14:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Vanessa Williams hosts this year’s televised Capitol Fourth celebration, she will not only honor the nation’s traditional independence day, but also the country's newly designated holiday — Juneteenth. Williams, who was the first Black woman...

Southern Indiana US Courts to observe Juneteenth on Friday

Jun. 30, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will be closed Friday in a delayed observance of the new Juneteenth National Independence Day, Chief Judge Tanya Walton Pratt announced Wednesday. President Joe Biden signed the new federal...

July 4, Juneteenth and the meaning of national holidays

Jun. 30, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress formally endorsed the Declaration of Independence. Celebrations began within days: parades and public readings, bonfires and candles and the firing of 13 musket rounds, one for each of the original states. Nearly...