Board of Selectmen Comment on Juneteenth


Board of Selectmen Comment on Juneteenth, June 4, 2024:

Juneteenth became a federal holiday in 2021. June 19th commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the US. The holiday was first celebrated in Texas where, on that date in 1865, in the aftermath of the Civil War, enslaved people were belatedly declared free under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation.

The Town of Marlborough embraces the idea that people of all races and cultures are free in the United States. Juneteenth celebrations are growing in Connecticut and in 2024 the first celebration will take place in Marlborough on June 22nd to remember deceased people of color who were not permitted to be interred in Marlborough cemeteries. Also, Marlborough residents are invited to participate in an annual regional Juneteenth Celebration hosted by the Coalition on Diversity & Equity (CoDE) in Hebron at the Peters House, home of an emancipated enslaved family.

Regards,
Marlborough Board of Selectmen