CHARLESTON, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Gov. Jim Justice today issued a proclamation, officially declaring Juneteenth as a State holiday in West Virginia.
Juneteenth, which is held on June 19each year, celebrates the ending of slavery in the United States.
This year, June 19 falls on a Saturday. As a result, Friday, June 18, 2021, will be recognized as a full-day holiday for all public employees of the State.
The Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs is holding a virtual Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 19. The event will stream live on the HHOMA Facebook page at 5 p.m.and air on West Virginia Public Broadcasting at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Headlining the event will be Montell Jordan, the former R&B singer best known for “This is How We Do It” before leaving the music industry to become a pastor. The program will also feature musicians, dancers, and poets from West Virginia. Click here to learn more.