COLLEGE PARK, MD. (WJZ) — The University System of Maryland has declared Juneteenth a holiday.

It falls on a Saturday this year, so it will be observed on Friday, June 18 instead.

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Employees will be granted administrative leave and all summer session classes will be canceled.

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Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in this country. There is currently a bill making its way through the General Assembly to make it a state holiday.

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CBS Baltimore Staff