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Group Wants Juneteenth Recognized as a Holiday

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- One group wants a new summer holiday recognized in Utah.

This weekend a festival to celebrating Juneteenth was held in Salt Lake City.

The holiday commemorates Union soldiers spreading word that slavery had ended after the Civil War.

But Juneteenth President Harry Lee says his group is pushing legislation that would make the annual celebration a recognized holiday.

Wyoming, Idaho and Arizona already officially observe the date as a national holiday.

Lee says the festival bridges gaps between cultures.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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