The Associated Press
Romania's president has signed a law making Feb. 20 an official holiday to mark when the slavery of Gypsies, or Roma, was abolished.
There are believed to be 1.5 million Roma in Romania, although the last census only recorded 500,000.
Roma slavery was abolished Feb. 20, 1856, but discrimination persists against the group. Many Roma live in poverty and are uneducated.
President Traian Basescu signed the law late Thursday.