The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners adopted a proclamation at its June 7 meeting, recognizing June 19, 2021 as Juneteenth in New Hanover County in observation of the June 19, 1865 date when the last states were notified of the Emancipation Proclamation signed January 1, 1863, freeing slaves in Confederate territory. Read the proclamation here.
In honor of Juneteenth, Board of Commissioners Chair Julia Olson-Boseman shared the following:
“Juneteenth is a day of reflection, education, and action. African Americans have been celebrating this day for more than 150 years, so we are late as a nation in recognizing its extreme importance and historical significance. This day has incredible meaning – a day when all those enslaved were finally free. And now, 156 years later, we still have work to do to ensure diversity, inclusion, fairness, and respect throughout the nation and here at home. New Hanover County is committed to removing barriers, addressing inequities, and providing opportunities for every single person to thrive. Let this Juneteenth be a day where you take action – to learn more about African American heritage, to advocate for your neighbor, to create positive change. We must work together to achieve absolute equality, and that is something we should all strive for.”