The Tennessee Senate overwhelmingly approved a measure that would change Juneteenth from a “day of special observance” to a legal, paid holiday Thursday morning.
June 19, or Juneteenth, is the day observed by Black and African-Americans as fully liberating enslaved African-Americans. The day was recognized as a federal holiday in 2021.
Senators voting “no” included Janice Bowling (R—Tullahoma). Gov. Le is said to be in favor of the bill.
The House companion bill is set for further discussion in the Public Service Subcommittee Tuesday, March 28.