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County adds Juneteenth holiday

The Examiner staff

Jackson County Executive Frank White Jr. has announced Juneteenth as a paid holiday for county employees.

It will be a floating holiday. Juneteenth, celebrated June 19, this year falls this Friday. County offices will be open on Friday, as required by state law.

White issued an executive order declaring the holiday for this year and says he’ll ask the County Legislature to make it permanent.

Federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in June 1865 – two months after the end of the Civil War, and two and a half years after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – and announced that enslaved people were free. Slavery had endured in Texas and elsewhere despite Lincoln’s proclamation. June 19, 1865 is considered the end date of slavery in America.