TRENTON, NJ - Joining the growing support of Juneteenth as a state and national Remembrance Day, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union) has introduced a measure (ACR-184) urging the United States and the State of New Jersey to designate “Juneteenth” as a federal and State holiday each year to honor and celebrate this significant moment in history for African Americans in this country.

“The celebration of Juneteenth symbolizes freedom, celebrates the abolition of slavery, and reminds all Americans of the significant contributions Black Americans have made to our society,"  she said. "Juneteenth serves as a reminder to all Americans of the triumph of the human spirit, and demonstrates pride in a legacy of resistance and perseverance.

 “It is only fitting to recognize this legacy and important piece of American history, as we do so many others, with a day of solidarity, reflection, and remembrance in this state and across the nation,” she added.

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 Similar federal legislation that would make Juneteenth a national holiday has been introduced by New Jersey Sen. Corey Booker, D-NJ. A New Jersey bill  A-4315 to designate the third Friday in June in each year as Juneteenth Day, sponsored by Assembly members Verlina Reynolds- Jackson, Jamel Holley, and Benjie Wimberly has also been introduced.

In New Jersey, Juneteenth is celebrated in communities including East Orange, Elizabeth, Camden, Jersey City, Paterson, Pennington, Trenton, and Willingboro.