Today is Juneteenth. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger announced the end of slavery in Texas, marking Juneteenth, a significant day for African Americans. Despite its historical importance, Juneteenth remains under-recognized. At last week’s City Council meeting, I was honored to proclaim Juneteenth as a day to celebrate African-American emancipation and recognize its significance in American history. To celebrate Juneteenth, the “Determined” exhibit at City Hall showcases the 400-year struggle for Black equality, featuring the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. It explores African American history and the fight for justice. The show will be held from June 7 to August, coinciding with the Juneteenth celebrations.

Additionally, the City is hosting a free kid’s book giveaway for the Juneteenth holiday! You must be a resident of the City of College Park to participate. Request a free copy of “The History of Juneteenth” by Arlisha Norwood (ages 6-9) to learn more about the holiday. More here: https://cityofcollegepark.formstack.com/forms/juneteenth_giveaway

All City of College Park offices will be closed today, June 19, 2024, in observance of the Juneteenth holiday. Refuse and recycling will occur one day later than normal during this holiday week.