NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Montgomery County offices and facilities will be closed to the public on Friday, June 19, to observe Juneteenth, a day honoring the end of slavery in the United States.
On that day in 1865, Union Army General Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston, Texas, that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free – more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. People enslaved in Union-held territory were not freed until the passage of the 13th Amendment several months later on December 18, 1865.
“Montgomery County embraces diversity and inclusion and believes that all are valued and welcomed,” said Dr. Valerie A. Arkoosh, Chair, Montgomery County Board of Commissioners.
“The events of the past few weeks have shown us that ending systemic racism is a goal we must continue to strive for in all sectors of society. We are committed to that effort and building a deeper connection with our communities here in Montgomery County.”