Lawrence Pushing To Make Juneteenth A Holiday

LAWRENCE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera is closing City Hall Friday, June 19th, also known as "Juneteenth."

"We have to make sure we do every little incremental step to change the way people of color, Black folks specifically in our community, are dealt a more even hand," Rivera said. "It has to start by saying there was a time in this country when we had slavery and bondage, and we changed that."

Mayor Rivera is asking the City Council to make Juneteenth a holiday every year.

"We can change the way, what we're doing today, just the same way we changed that," Rivera said.

WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports

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