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Melanie Crabill
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Kevin Kilbane
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Media Advisory
News Date: June 17, 2021

Juneteenth to Become Paid Holiday for City of Columbus Employees in 2022

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther today announced that in celebration of Juneteenth full-time City of Columbus employees will be granted an additional paid holiday this year, and June 19 will be observed as a paid holiday for all full-time City of Columbus employees beginning in 2022. Additionally, City Hall will be illuminated red, black and green – the colors of the Pan-African flag – June 18-20. 

Junteenth is celebrated annually on June 19 and marks the day in 1865 when federal troops arrived in Galveston, TX, to assume control of the state and announce the freedom of all enslaved people two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. It represents liberty, hope and resiliency as what is widely considered to be the oldest African American holiday in the United States.

“Over the past year, we have all been reminded of the unrelenting power and promise of a free, inclusive society,” said Mayor Ginther. “I encourage everyone, no matter your background, to learn from the lessons of our past, consider the vital work that still lies ahead and move forward, together, with renewed optimism and determination in pursuit of a more equitable, honest and accountable society.”

In June 2020, Mayor Ginther signed a proclamation declaring June 19 as Juneteenth in the City of Columbus and encouraged all residents to join in its recognition and celebration.