Juneteenth to be a state holiday in Washington state in 2022

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Juneteenth will be a legal state paid holiday in Washington state starting in 2022.

Juneteenth -- also known as Emancipation Day and Freedom Day -- commemorates when the last enslaved African Americans learned they were free on June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas, where Union soldiers brought them the news two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

In 2007, the Legislature designated Juneteenth as a day of remembrance.

South Dakota and Hawaii are the only other states that don’t have some sort of official observance of Juneteenth.