Gov. Justice declares Juneteenth as State holiday in West Virginia

6/17/2021

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CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice today issued a proclamation, officially declaring Juneteenth as a State holiday in West Virginia.
Click to view proclamation
Juneteenth, which is held on June 19 each year, celebrates the ending of slavery in the United States.

This year, June 19 falls on a Saturday. As a result, Friday, June 18, 2021, will be recognized as a full-day holiday for all public employees of the State.

The Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs is holding a virtual Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 19. The event will stream live on the HHOMA Facebook page at 5 p.m. and air on West Virginia Public Broadcasting at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Headlining the event will be Montell Jordan, the former R&B singer best known for “This is How We Do It” before leaving the music industry to become a pastor. The program will also feature musicians, dancers, and poets from West Virginia. Click here to learn more.
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