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Posted on: June 17, 2020

[ARCHIVED] City Hall, buildings will be closed Friday for Juneteenth; trash will be collected


June 17, 2020 - Hampton City Hall and most city services and buildings will be closed Friday for Juneteenth, a commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States.  Although President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863, it wasn’t until June 19, 1865, that Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas with news of the war’s end and the president’s declaration. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday that he would propose legislation making Juneteenth a paid state holiday.

In a message Wednesday to city employees, City Manager Mary Bunting said: "City Council has concurred with my recommendation that we designate this Friday, June 19, 2020, as a paid Administrative/Bonus day so that we can collectively commemorate this important part of our history. We felt strongly about affirming the significance of this day for our citizens and employees."

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