CHICAGO (CBS) — The city of Chicago kicked off a full week of celebrations to honor the Juneteenth holiday.
At Daley Plaza Monday morning, there was a flag raising ceremony.READ MORE: Burglars Target The North Face Store, Foot Locker In Wicker Park; Boost Mobile Nearby In Humboldt Park
Juneteenth is also called Emancipation Day.READ MORE: Crowds Return To Stores This Black Friday, But Supply Chain Issues Pose Challenges
It commemorates June 19, 1865 when Black people who were still enslaved in Texas finally learned they were free, nearly 3 years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the emancipation proclamation.
June 19 will be a paid holiday for Cook County and state of Illinois workers.MORE NEWS: President Biden Restricts Travel From South Africa and 7 Other African Countries Due To New COVID Variant
Forty-eight states, including Illinois, honor Juneteenth as a holiday or day of remembrance.