Juneteenth Becomes An Official Delaware State Holiday

Legislation to designate June 19th as an official state Juneteenth holiday was signed Wednesday by Governor John Carney (photo courtesy of Delaware House Democratic Caucus)

Juneteenth is now an official state holiday in Delaware. Governor John Carney signed legislation Wednesday (House Bill 119) to establish June 19th as a legal holiday. It commemorates when the last enslaved African Americans were informed that they were free people on June 19th, 1865. “I believe the least that each of us can do…

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VIDEO : Juneteenth Holiday Proclaimed

June 15, 2021, the Commissioners joined with Ivory Smith, president of the Worcester County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and other NAACP members to recognize June 19 as Juneteenth in Worcester County. On June 19, 1865, two-and-one-half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, enslaved people in Texas and other remote slave states were finally informed that they were free people. This date, which has come to be recognized as Juneteenth, is representative of similar struggles for freedom and equality that are taking place throughout our nation and the world. Juneteenth both signifies a formal end of slavery in the United States and serves as a call to action for each of us to elevate civility, to replace injustice with justice and equality, and to work together to end human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

Today, Juneteenth is being celebrated to recognize the end of formal slavery in the United States. June 19th, 1865, enslaved people in Texas and other remote slave states were informed that they were free people. It is a state holiday in Delaware and Maryland, and many local governments will also not be open today. Worcester…

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Gov. Carney Closes State Offices Fri. To Recognize Juneteenth


Juneteenth, a commemoration of the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans, will be a state holiday in Delaware. State government offices will be closed Friday. Governor John Carney says the day ‘offers an opportunity to encourage open dialogue and to recommit to treating one another with more respect.’ Carney also invites Delawareans to join a Facebook Live…

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