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Historic moment: Juneteenth flag soars high over Illinois State Capitol for the first time | St. Louis News Headlines – St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri 2021-06-19 08:37:00 –

Illinois (KMOV.com) – Sunrise, flag It represents a new horizon, with freedom flying over the Illinois General Assembly.

For the first time in state history, the Juneteenth flag will be hung above the building on Saturday and will remain in the air throughout the weekend. On June 19, 1865, slaves in Galveston, Texas, learned that they had been released by the Emancipation Proclamation two years ago.

“This is an important moment in the history of our country and state,” said Secretary of State Jake Carter of Illinois. “I witnessed it and I’m proud that my office played a role in this event.”



The Juneteenth flag was first raised above the State Capitol on Saturday morning.




Lincoln Land made Juneteenth an official state holiday on Wednesday. Governor JB Pritzker signed the bill near a rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation.

“It is our privilege as an Illinois to keep this wonderful document, and its morality in our time, especially when becoming a national leader in this new Juneteenth state holiday awareness. It is our sacred responsibility to stay alive with a typical compass, “Plitzker said in a signature.

To learn more about the origin and history of the holidays click here.

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