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Juneteenth Celebration

Celebrating freedom, community, education & achievement.

William & Mary is joining communities around the country to recognize and celebrate Juneteenth, which marks the end of slavery in the United States. While not recognized as a federal holiday, the observance of June 19, 1865, as the African-American Emancipation Day — also called Freedom Day — has spread across the United States and beyond. In 2020, it became an official Virginia state holiday. While Juneteenth celebrates freedom, it also highlights community, education and achievement in the African-American community.

William & Mary will celebrate Juneteenth in person for the first time on June 17, 2022, at the site of “Hearth: Memorial to the Enslaved.” Details are forthcoming.

History of JuneteenthResources

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