Greensboro Metropolis Council declares June 10 a public vacation; Staff will obtain paid time off from 2021 | Native information

A woman holds up a child during the Phase IV Juneteenth Protest Celebration at Douglas Park in Greensboro, NC on Friday, June 19, 2020.

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GREENSBORO – City workers will soon be getting an extra holiday commemorating the true end of slavery in America.

Greensboro City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to add the Juniteenth as a paid holiday for city employees starting next year. According to City Manager David Parrish, Greensboro, along with Wake County and Carrboro, are making Juneteenth an employee holiday.

June 10th, celebrated on June 19th, commemorates the official end of slavery in the United States. The Emancipation Proclamation was signed two years earlier and granted the slaves their freedom, but it was not until June 19, 1865 that the last slaves in Texas were declared free.

Councilor Sharon Hightower, who made the motion at Tuesday’s session, said the holiday would allow staff to learn about and commemorate the important story.

“Like Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it’s a day, not a day off,” she said. “It’s a day to learn about an African American friend you didn’t know.”

The change means Greensboro employees go from 12 to 13 paid vacation.

Since June 19th falls on a Saturday next year, the city workers take their vacation on Friday. Public holidays that fall on a Saturday are usually observed on the previous Friday, while public holidays that fall on a Sunday are observed on the Monday immediately after the public holiday.

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