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June 27th, 2021 at 09:25 pm

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On Thursday, June 17 President Joe Biden signed into law a bill that established June 19, also known as Juneteenth, as a national holiday. Juneteenth commemorates the date in 1865 when the last salves were freed in Galveston, Texas, by Union Major General Gordon Granger. To honor the creation of the new holiday, cities across the country, including Albuquerque, held celebrations that featured talks, food and music. “I’ve been in Albuquerque my whole life, and I’ve not once seen an all-black show of this caliber, where you’re bringing out all the beautiful artists of all genres” said Kahali Soul, a small business owner and artist, in an interview with KOAT-7.

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