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In observance of Juneteenth, we will be closed on Monday, June 20th.  Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

 

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing slaves in the United States, in January of 1863. However, it was more than two years later, on June 19, 1865, that Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and informed slaves of their emancipation – moths after the Civil War had ended. Juneteenth is also known as Emancipation Day, Liberation Day or Freedom Day and is the oldest nationally celebrated tribute to the emancipation of slaves in the United States. 

 

Observing Juneteenth allows us to pause and reflect on an important milestone in our history.  Juneteenth is a time for reflection and for rejoicing. It is a time for self-assessment, self-improvement and planning for significant and lasting improvements for our society.