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Nike and 47 more companies just made Juneteenth a paid holiday

GOBankingRates Logo By Gabrielle Olya of GOBankingRates | Slide 1 of 49: Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, is a celebration of the date that the Union Army’s Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and declared the end of both the Civil War and slavery — June 19, 1865. Although the Emancipation Proclamation declared the end of slavery on Jan. 1, 1863, it wasn’t until 2 1/2 years later that the war ended and all slaves were actually emancipated. Juneteenth was first celebrated in 1866, with Texans memorializing the momentous occasion as a day of celebration and community. Since then, it’s come to be recognized as a holiday or official observance in 46 states and Washington, D.C., Forbes reported. Although Juneteenth is not yet a federal holiday, these companies are taking it upon themselves to give their employees a paid day off on June 19 — and some also are donating to fight inequality. Last updated: June 16, 2020 Pictured: The Union Commander’s notice of the Emancipation Proclamation to the Citizens of Winchester, Virginia, on Jan. 5, 1863.

In 1865, June 19 marked the end of the Civil War and slavery

Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, is a celebration of the date that the Union Army’s Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and declared the end of both the Civil War and slavery — June 19, 1865. Although the Emancipation Proclamation declared the end of slavery on Jan. 1, 1863, it wasn’t until 2 1/2 years later that the war ended and all slaves were actually emancipated.

Juneteenth was first celebrated in 1866, with Texans memorializing the momentous occasion as a day of celebration and community. Since then, it’s come to be recognized as a holiday or official observance in 46 states and Washington, D.C., Forbes reported.

Although Juneteenth is not yet a federal holiday, these companies are taking it upon themselves to give their employees a paid day off on June 19 — and some also are donating to fight inequality. Click through the gallery above to see them.

Last updated: June 16, 2020

Pictured: The Union Commander’s notice of the Emancipation Proclamation to the Citizens of Winchester, Virginia, on Jan. 5, 1863.
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