Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has recognized June 19 as "Juneteenth Day" in New Hampshire to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has recognized June 19 as “Juneteenth Day” in New Hampshire to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.

The governor’s proclamation Tuesday follows a preliminary report from Sununu’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, which noted that most states acknowledge Juneteenth in some way. There have been federal efforts to recognize Juneteenth as an official national holiday.

Council chairman Rogers Johnson praised the governor’s prompt response and efforts to understand the significance of Juneteenth.

Sununu says that Juneteenth “celebrates African-American freedom and achievement.”

The holiday marks June 19, 1865, the date when a Union Army general landed in Texas and ordered the state to put a stop to slavery. It wasn’t until this day, months after the Civil War’s end, that freedmen learned of their emancipation.