HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – A North Carolina town is among the first to make a historic move.
Hillsborough town commissioners voted to make Juneteenth a paid holiday for town employees. Juneteenth refers to June 19, 1865, which marked the day when the last remaining slaves in Galveston, Texas learned they were freed under the Emancipation Proclamation.
Some people in the Black community hope the town is making the move for the right reasons, not bowing to pressure from the Black Lives Matter movement.
"Just do it out of the courtesy of their heart. Just don't it because of maybe pressure or just being in a trend," resident Daryl Mayo says.
He doesn't work for the town so he wouldn't benefit from the measure. However, he still supports it.
Town leaders urge state and federal leaders to follow suit and make Juneteenth a paid holiday.