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: Community Leaders Try To Find Home For Mural Dedicated To Murdered Young Activist
Juneteenth is also called Emancipation Day.READ MORE: Memorial Held For Beloved Barber Gunned Down On The Job In Lawndale
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: Goodman Theater Opens For The First Time In More Than A Year
Forty-eight states, including Illinois, honor Juneteenth as a holiday or day of remembrance.