Missouri state workers given day off for Juneteenth

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The Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City. (Credit: Emily Manley)

Missouri state offices will be closed Friday to commemorate Juneteenth, which has been designated as federal holiday.

The Missouri Office of Administration announced the changes on Thursday, after President Joe Biden signed a federal law recognizing Juneteenth.

The new holiday commemorates July 19, 1865, when freed slaves in Galveston, Texas, learned the Civil War was over and they were free —  two months after the Confederacy had surrendered.

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