Juneteenth is an official holiday in St. Louis County, City

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) updated 8 a.m. Friday- June 19th is officially Juneteenth Day in both St. Louis City and County. Friday is a paid holiday for County employees and will be the same for City employees as of next year.

Mayor Lyda Krewson signed a proclamation on Thursday, making it official.

Krewson says, "The City of St. Louis recognizes this important holiday as an opportunity for the City to educate residents about African American heritage and honor their lives, sacrifices, and many contributions to this country. Citywide recognition of this day will provide an opportunity to unify all St. Louisans against racism,? 

KMOX's previous reporting:

The president of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen says he'll introduce a resolution Friday to make "Juneteenth Independence Day" a paid city holiday. It follows the decision by St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page to make June 19, 2020 – a day marking the anniversary of the end of slavery in U.S. – an official holiday in the county, 

Aldermanic President Lewis Reed stated, "This Friday, I will be introducing Resolution 20 alongside members of the Black Caucus to make Juneteenth Independence Day a paid City holiday."