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<br />NEW HANOVER COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS <br /> <br />JUNETEENTH PROCLAMATION <br /> <br /> <br />WHEREAS, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, <br />declaring enslaved people in Confederate territory free and paving the way for the passing of the 13th <br />Amendment which formally abolished slavery in the United States of America; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, word about the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation was delayed some two and one <br />half years, to June 19, 1865, in reaching authorities and African-Americans in the South and <br />Southwestern United States; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, Emancipation Day observations are held on different days in different states in the South and <br />Southwest, and in other parts of the nation; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, June 19th has a special meaning to African-Americans, and is called "JUNETEENTH" combining <br />the words June and Nineteenth, and has been celebrated by the African-American community for over <br />150 years. <br /> <br />NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED by the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners that June <br />19, 2021 will be recognized as JUNETEENTH in New Hanover County, and urges all citizens to become <br />more aware of the significance of this celebration in African-American History and in the heritage of our <br />nation and County. <br /> <br />ADOPTED this the 7th day of June, 2021. <br /> <br /> NEW HANOVER COUNTY <br /> <br /> ___________________________________ <br /> Julia Olson-Boseman, Chair <br /> <br />ATTEST: <br /> <br />____________________________________ <br />Kymberleigh G. Crowell, Clerk to the Board <br />Board of Commissioners - June 7, 2021 <br />ITEM: 13- 1 - 1