BOSTON (CBS) – There are several events in eastern Massachusetts marking the new federal holiday Juneteenth, which is officially celebrated on June 19.
Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when the last enslaved people in the United States were told they were free.
This is the first year Juneteenth is being recognized as an official holiday in Massachusetts after Governor Charlie Baker signed it into law last July.
In Boston, Acting Mayor Kim Janey raised the Juneteenth flag at City Hall just after noon Friday. The Juneteenth flag is also flying at Fenway Park for the weekend.
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