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Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when news that slavery had been abolished reached Galveston, Texas.

NorthJersey.com

WOODLAND PARK, N.J. – Gov. Phil Murphy officially declared Juneteenth a state holiday during a live announcement on his Instagram account Thursday evening.

The bill will recognize the third Friday in June as a state and public holiday, and was initially approved by state lawmakers in July.

Murphy signed the bill into law after a 15-minute conversation with R&B star and Maplewood, N.J. native SZA about race relations in New Jersey .

During the livestream, Murphy noted that several states acknowledge Juneteenth but few have made it a state holiday.

Juneteenth’s origins stretch back to 1865, when enslaved people in Galveston, Texas in the South were told by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger that Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation more than two years earlier. Texas was the last Confederate state to