The American Congress has voted to introduce a new national anniversary to commemorate the end of slavery.
The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday with a large majority of 415 against 14 votes for the corresponding law.
The Senate - the other Congress Chamber - had already unanimously passed the project on Tuesday.
The introduction of the new holiday was decided jointly by the Democrats and opposition Republicans with a rare bipartisan unity.
For the holiday known as “Juneteenth” to be introduced, all that is missing is the signature of President Joe Biden.
Juneteenth would be the twelfth holiday under US federal law - and the first new holiday of its kind in 38 years.
In most of the 50 US states, the "Juneteenth", June 19, is already officially celebrated.
But June 19 is not yet a federal holiday.
"Juneteenth" is a box word of the English words for June and 19. On June 19, 1865, two months after the surrender of the southern troops fighting for slavery in the Civil War, a general of the Army of the North had in Galveston, state Texas announces the release of all slaves.
The debate about the crimes of slavery has become more explosive since last year in the wake of the protests against police violence and racism.