A fresh new federal holiday will be marked on Monday, as Juneteenth National Independence Day will be observed.
Also known as Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day, Freedom Day and Black Independence Day, the holiday commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States.
It marks the anniversary of the announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army Gen. Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom for enslaved people in Texas — the last Confederate state with institutionalized slavery. The announcement was made on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas.
Long celebrated by the black community, it became a national holiday when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law on June 17, 2021.
Some local government offices and public agencies will be closing for the holiday Monday, which is actually June 20, but is the official day for the holiday since the 19th is on Sunday.
Those that are closing are:
• Henry County courthouse and annex offices. The recycling center, the Henry County Office on Aging and Northwest Nutrition will also be closed.
• Puryear City Hall.
• The Paris-Henry County Public Utility District (Natural Gas) offices.
• The Paris Housing Authority offices.
• Paris Post Office windows will be closed and there will be no residential mail delivery.
• The Post-Intelligencer offices will be open and there will be no paper published Monday. However, there will be one published Tuesday, so the week will include Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday editions.
Among the offices that will remain open are Paris city hall, and all Paris services will be on regular schedule.