This coming Monday, June 20, will be the second Juneteenth officially recognized as a federal holiday in the United States. It will also be a holiday for Plumas County workers as it became part of most employees’ contracts through negotiations, and then the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously June 14 to extend the holiday to all employees who didn’t have the holiday, including department heads and public works employees.
The state of California does not yet recognize the holiday, though legislation to do so has passed the assembly and is in the senate. That means that the Plumas County courts will remain open with a full docket of cases.
Juneteenth is actually June 19, but since that day falls on a Sunday, it will be celebrated Monday, June 20.
All federal government offices, federal courts, banks, post offices, schools, and the U.S. financial markets will be closed, and Plumas County offices will now be closed as well.
Juneteenth commemorate the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Although President Abraham Lincoln’s January 1863 Emancipation Proclamation officially abolished slavery, it would be over two years before the Civil War ended in April 1865, and even longer before the news spread to all parts of the country. Juneteenth marks June 19, 1865, the day that U.S. Brigadier General Gordon Granger and his troops landed at Galveston, Texas, bringing the news that the Civil War had ended and that enslaved African Americans were now free.