Juneteenth recognized as official county holiday

County officials announced in a press release that Juneteenth will be celebrated on June 19 as an official county holiday. The holiday is observed to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. 

LOUISA, VIRGINIA – Friday, June 19th, 2020 will be a County holiday in observance of Juneteenth.

The oldest known commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 which those enslaved in Galveston, Texas were notified of the end of the Civil War. They learned that nearly two years earlier, the Emancipation Proclamation had made them free.

“As our nation works together through efforts focused on equity and justice, formally observing Juneteenth is the right thing to do,” said Bob Babyok, Chairman of the Louisa County Board of Supervisors. “This is a time to reflect as we embrace history and the way forward together.”

The Board of Supervisors recently appointed two of its members to Louisa Strong, a collaborative committee intended to highlight positive efforts and consider efforts to further inclusion and equality in the community.

“As we continue to examine our response to historical inequality, I’m pleased that Louisa County will recognize Juneteenth as an official holiday,” said Duane Adams, Mineral District Supervisor. “This date is an important milestone in our history as we celebrate the emancipation of enslaved people. Together we continue to make Louisa County a special and inclusive place.” 

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