By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

CHICAGO (CBS) — President Joe Biden is expected to sign a bill that would honor Juneteenth as a federal holiday.

June 19th was the day in 1865 that marked the emancipation of all enslaved Americans.

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The legislation passed in the House, and now, the bill is on the president’s desk.

In an interview on CBS This Morning, Tina Knowles-Lawson, mom to Beyoncé and Solange, spoke about the importance of the day.

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“I couldn’t be happier that there’s finally a focus on the truth,” she said. “I mean, this is not the only history that’s been either overlooked or changed or rewritten.”

Starting next year, Illinois will officially honor Juneteenth as a holiday.

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Governor JB Pritzker signed it into law Wednesday.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff