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Happy Juneteenth!

A sign commemorating Juneteenth appeared early Friday morning next to the Confederate monument at Mathews Court House. Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Juneteenth is celebrated annually on June 19, the date in 1865 that Union Army Gen. Gordon Granger announced federal orders in Galveston, Texas, proclaiming that all slaves in Texas were free. Last week, Gov. Ralph Northam said he will push for legislation making it a state holiday in Virginia. Several hours after the sign first appeared near the monument, it was removed.

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