State lawmakers pass bills making Juneteenth holiday, abolish freeholder title

State lawmakers have passed two bills aimed at addressing racial injustice in New Jersey.

News 12 Staff

Jul 30, 2020, 10:29 PM

Updated 1,363 days ago

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State lawmakers have passed two bills aimed at addressing racial injustice in New Jersey.
One of the bills makes Juneteenth a state holiday and another abolishing the county government title of freeholder, which alludes to a time when Black people and women could not own property and hold office.
The measures passed the Democrat-led Legislature and head next to Gov. Phil Murphy, who earlier indicated he supports both bills.
Juneteenth marks June 19, 1865, when word reached enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, that the Civil War had ended and they were free.
New Jersey is the only state in the country to use the title freeholder for county government officials. Under the bill, they will be referred to as commissioners.
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The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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