Newark, NJ – June 17, 2021 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that the City of Newark will close its offices tomorrow, June 18, at 2 p.m., in observance of “Juneteenth,” the anniversary of the end of slavery in the United States.
Police, Fire, and other emergency services will operate normally.
“Juneteenth,” also known as Jubilee Day or Liberation Day, marks when slavery was finally eliminated in the United States on June 19, 1865. On that day in Texas, Union troops freed the last enslaved men and women in what had been the Confederacy, ending 300 years of slavery on American soil. Juneteenth is a major observance celebrating African-American freedom, education, and achievement, as well as recognizing the strength exuded from slavery to present.
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