The Falmouth School Committee on Tuesday, October 13, added Juneteenth to the district schools’ list of recognized holidays.

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

The day celebrates the anniversary of June 19, 1865, when Union troops reached Galveston, Texas, freeing the Black residents who remained enslaved there more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

Governor Charles D. Baker Jr. signed the holiday into law this year on that date.

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