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Juneteenth Becomes a Recognized Holiday in the Commonwealth

May, 2021
  • Massachusetts has recognized Juneteenth Independence Day as an official State holiday on June 19.
    Massachusetts has recognized Juneteenth Independence Day as an official State holiday on June 19.

This year, Massachusetts, along with many other states and cities and in accordance with Governor Baker’s 2020 proclamation, will honor Juneteenth Independence Day as an official State holiday on June 19.

As the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth, or Emancipation Day, is a day for deep reflection. Although Juneteenth has been informally celebrated every year since 1865, it wasn't until June 3, 1979, that Texas became the first state to proclaim Emancipation Day (Juneteenth) an official State holiday. Our fervent hope is that this day will also be recognized as a national holiday.

"As we commemorate Juneteenth, let us all remember this is an observance of freedom for those who fought and those who continue to fight against injustice. QCC stands with you, and together we can be the change that will take us on a course to a better life that is equitable for everyone," said President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. 

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