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Gov. Wolf encourages Pennsylvanians to reflect on Juneteenth

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Governor Tom Wolf is encouraging all Pennsylvanians to use Juneteenth to reflect on the need for a fair and just society.

“This Juneteenth, people across Pennsylvania and the world will celebrate this important day of independence,” Wolf said in a news release. “This is a moment to honor African American history and reflect on how each of us can promote equality, liberty and justice for all people.”

Wolf declared June 19th as Juneteenth National Freedom Day in Pennsylvania last year.

“In recent weeks, people around the nation have joined together to demand an end to systemic racism and oppression of African Americans,” Wolf said. “Freedom for all is not fully realized until every person is truly free. This Juneteenth we have an opportunity to unite against injustice and create lasting change that will make Pennsylvania and our nation a better place for everyone.”

In observance of Juneteenth, the day will be a special holiday closure for state employees.

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