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University Closed to Observe Juneteenth on June 19

Posted on June 17, 2020

Drexel University offices, including Drexel Central, will be closed on Friday, June 19 to allow time to observe Juneteenth.

Juneteenth commemorates the effective end of slavery in the United States. Although President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was declared on January 1, 1863, slavery continued through the Civil War. It was not until June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas, following the end of the war and the arrival of federal troops, that those enslaved were freed. The National Museum of African American History and Culture calls Juneteenth "our country's second Independence Day." The widespread celebration of the anniversary dates back to the Civil Rights struggles of the 1960s. Today, it includes official acknowledgements in almost every state, as well as events sponsored by the Smithsonian and other institutions to expand awareness and embrace Black contributions to the history and culture of this country.