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Officials finalize resolution declaring June 19 official holiday for Milwaukee County workers

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- As of Wednesday, July 22, Juneteenth Day is officially a holiday for Milwaukee County workers. 

County Executive David Crowley and County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson finalized a resolution declaring June 19, the day that celebrates the end of slavery in America, a holiday.

They call it a milestone on the path toward racial equity for the county.

"Declaring Juneteenth as a holiday lifts up Black achievement and encourages Black people to be proud of their heritage and their community," Nicholson said. "This holiday will help to reduce the stress that previously came along with not being able to recognize the significance of this day."

Crowley initially made June 19 a holiday by executive order last month. The board then adopted a resolution making June 19 of every year a holiday. Wednesday's signing was the final step in that process. 

Another resolution signed Wednesday condemns racial injustice, calls for reforms, and calls on county departments like the Sheriff's Office and the Transit System to report on their operations.

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