COLOMBIA, SHK – A bill that allows state employees to go on holiday on June 1 or any other day Confederate Remembrance Day unanimously adopted by the South Carolina Senate on Tuesday.
Account began as a proposal to add the June 19 celebration to a new public holiday. But instead of adding a 14th day off, the bill will create a holiday that civil servants can use at any time.
In order not to spend extra money, the bill will remove Confederate Remembrance Day on May 10 from the list of holidays. If employees want this weekend, or Juneteenth, they would have to use the floating holiday.
The bill is now being sent to the House of South Carolina.
Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers told enslaved black people in Galveston, Texas, that they were free. This was two months after the capitulation of the Confederacy and more than two years after the signing of the Proclamation of Liberation.
The federal government last year became an official holiday.
In recent years, the celebration of Confederation Remembrance Day at the State House has attracted dozens of people raising the Confederate flag on a small pillar near the Memorial to Insurgent Soldiers in the Capitol.
South Carolina hung the Confederate flag on the Statehouse Dome for decades before moving it to the Capitol in 2000. Fifteen years later lawmakers removed the flag completely less than a month after a recognized racist posing with a banner shot dead nine black people at an African-American church in Charleston.
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