Gov. Brian Kemp backs Juneteenth as Georgia state holiday

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FILE-Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, in Marietta, Ga. Kemp’s office said on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021 that the Republican governor will support a proposed law to make Juneteenth a 13th paid holiday for Georgia state workers, commemorating the end of slavery. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp is supporting a plan to add Juneteenth as a mandatory 13th holiday for Georgia state employees.

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Lawmakers are likely to consider it after they convene in January.

President Joe Biden signed a law earlier this year making Juneteenth a federal holiday.

The holiday marks when some enslaved Black people in Texas became among the last in Confederacy to learn they were free.

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