Virginia Governor Ralph Northam believes his state will be only the second to make Juneteenth a paid state holiday [Jay Paul/Reuters]

The governor of New York state, signed an executive order on Wednesday recognizing Juneteenth – a day that commemorates the emancipation of slaves in the United States – as a paid holiday for state employees 

Governor Andrew Cuomo said he will propose legislation next year making June 19 a permanent state holiday.

“It is a day we should all reflect upon. It is a day that is especially relevant in this moment in history,” Cuomo said.

The move from New York came a day after Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced that he is making Juneteenth an official holiday in a state that

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