JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — The Jacksonville City Council approved creating Juneteenth as an official City holiday at their Tuesday meeting. The City will now observe the Juneteenth holiday on the same day as the national holiday, June 19.
Juneteenth will replace the City’s Freedom Day holiday, originally adopted to celebrate the abolishment of slavery and the passing of the 13th Amendment. Freedom Day had been observed by the City of Jacksonville on the second Monday in December since being adopted in 2016.
Councilwoman Dr. Angelia Washington presented the Juneteenth holiday proposal to the City Council and it was adopted unanimously. 9OYS spoke to her about why it was adopted after it was celebrated.
When the signage of Juneteenth became a federal holiday, that occurred on June 1,7 which was of last week so the city council just met this past Tuesday night.Councilwoman Dr. Angelia Washington
Councilman Brian Jackson told 9OYS it was also a matter of educating council members on what the holiday means to community members across the country.
We have the opportunity here to continuously learn about each other, I am going to continue to provide information best I know how on people understanding who I am and what my community has gone through.Councilman Brian Jackson
City employees will now get a day off for the holiday in 2022.