JMU honors Juneteenth as a state holiday

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James Madison University will join other state agencies to honor the newly declared Juneteenth holiday.

To follow the Governor’s declaration of Juneteenth as a state holiday, JMU will now be closed Friday, June 19.

Juneteenth is the oldest known commemoration of the end of slavery. Enslaved people in Galveston, Texas finally heard that the Civil War had ended on June 19, 1865 and learned that the Emancipation Proclamation freed them nearly two years earlier.

JMU Employees

Due to the summer schedule, four hours of leave will be granted to observe this holiday. Full-time employees are expected to work 36 hours during the Juneteenth holiday week. To complete the full eight hours of holiday leave, JMU will grant four hours of recognition leave to full-time classified staff and A&P faculty that can be used at their discretion before Dec. 21.

The full announcement from the Governor of Virginia can be found here.

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Published: Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 1, 2023

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