This year’s recognition of Juneteenth was made particularly celebratory in Pennsylvania Wednesday when Gov. Tom Wolf declared it a holiday in the state.

“Proud to designate June 19 as #Juneteeth National Freedom Day to commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States,” the Democratic governor tweeted that day. “On this day, let us recognize the importance of continuing to build a nation that truly reflects the self-evident truth that all people are created equal.”

Writing about the decision further on Facebook, Wolf said, “While Independence Day marks the conception of a free nation, Juneteenth is a celebration of the fulfillment of this ideal through the Emancipation Proclamation.”

The state House unanimously passed the bill in May, The Philadelphia Tribune reported. Last week, it was passed last week unanimously by the Senate.

The declaration comes on the 154th anniversary of the announcement that enslavement of Africans and African descendants in Texas had been abolished.

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