CARBONDALE, Ill. (KFVS) - The Carbondale mayor signed a proclamation on Friday, June 19 making it officially Juneteenth in the city.
Mayor Mike Henry signed the proclamation on Friday morning.
The mayor read the proclamation and signed it into effect. It encourages everyone to “pay tribute to the journey, embrace the past, as well as the future.”
“Obviously, we have a lot of changes in our society going on right now and a lot of opportunities to correct some things that have not been right for centuries, and I feel we’re going to make a lot of progress here,” Mayor Henry said.
Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
Mayor Henry’s proclamation said Juneteenth is “a day of reflections, renewal and pride.”