Juneteenth to be observed June 20

Earlier this year, President Eric W. Kaler announced Juneteenth will be a permanent holiday at Case Western Reserve University. This year, the university will observe the holiday Monday, June 20, and will be closed on that day.

Juneteenth marks the June 19, 1865, when union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced that all slaves were free. While President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took effect Jan. 1, 1863, fighting and slavery continued for nearly two-and-a-half years longer.

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