West Virginia gov declares state holiday on Juneteenth
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has declared Juneteenth as a state holiday.
Juneteenth is recognized on June 19 each year and celebrates the ending of slavery in the United States in 1865.
Because June 19 this year falls on a Sunday and the following Monday is already a state holiday for West Virginia Day, Juneteenth will be observed this Friday as a full-day holiday for all state public employees, the governor’s office said Monday in a statement.
On Saturday evening, the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs will host a free Juneteenth celebration on the state Capitol grounds. The event will include bands and food vendors.
West Virginia marked Juneteenth as a state holiday for the first time last year.