Juneteenth 2024: A Day for Reflection
Campus News

Dear Franklin College Community,

As we approach June 19th, I want to take a moment to honor and recognize its profound significance. Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when Union Soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and informed enslaved African Americans of their freedom, nearly two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was initially issued.

Celebrated by African Americans for over 150 years, Juneteenth gained a broader recognition upon its designation as a federal holiday in 2021. It is important that we take time to reflect on the day’s significance, the legacy of slavery in our country, the progress made since its abolition, and the work that remains to “form a more perfect union.”

At Franklin College, we are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming community where every individual is recognized, valued and respected. We proudly celebrate the many achievements of our Black alumni, faculty, staff and students dating back to our first Black graduate, Arthur Wilson, in 1902. In honor of the Juneteenth federal holiday, the College will be closed on June 19, 2024.

 

Kerry N. Prather │ President

 

POSTED Jun 17, 2024