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Juneteenth recognized as an official Iowa City holiday



Iowa City, Iowa – Iowa City Major Bruce Teague has signed a proclamation on June 15, declaring that Juneteenth would be officially observed by the city for the first time in its history.

Juneteenth celebrates the day that enslaved African Americans in Texas were freed, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation and 71 days after the Civil War ended.

Juneteenth will officially replace President’s Day as a recognized City holiday. It’ll be celebrated on June 19 each year. City Hall and other facilities will be closed on Friday, June 18th, because that date falls on a Saturday this year.

You can read the full proclamation here.

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