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Juneteenth joins Thanksgiving, MLK Day as official state holiday

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Opal Lee, left in gray, watches Gov. John Carney sign the bill making Juneteenth an official state holiday.   Juneteenth is now an officially recognized state holiday in Delaware. The holiday commemorates the date on which the last enslaved African Americans in the United States were emancipated, on June 19, 1865, more than two years after the signing of the …

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Pro-business group chides courts for closing on Juneteenth despite little diversity

Betsy Price Government

    Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware issued a press release Friday afternoon chiding the Delaware courts for closing to mark Juneteenth while the courts lack the diversity the business group  wants to see. “It’s a long overdue step for the federal government to recognize Juneteenth as a federal holiday and I admire President Biden’s leadership,” said Campaign Manager Chris …

Many ways to mark Juneteenth and celebrate freedom

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Juneteenth celebrates June 19, 1865, when all of America’s slaves became free. Delaware recognizes Juneteenth as a state holiday, and there are multiples celebrations across the state. Here’s a chronological list. Family Enrichment Program and Pageant, 3 p.m. June 13. 24th annual Delaware Juneteenth Association program. DoubleTree, 700 N. King St., Wilmington. $5-$10. Delaware Forum on Racial History and Juneteenth, 7-8:30 p.m. June 16. …