Selma Mayor Darrio Melton Wants to Make Juneteenth a Holiday
Selma Mayor Darrio Melton says he’s asking city council members to join him in acknowledging Friday, June 19, as a holiday in the city of Selma.
He says he hopes city council will make it a holiday for city employees.
Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. The holiday commemorates June 19, 1865, when news finally reached African Americans in Texas that President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves living in Confederate states two years earlier.