From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Juneteenth National Freedom Day in Kentucky

Juneteenth (June 19) is the celebration of the freedom of African American slaves. In Kentucky, Representative Reginald Meeks (D-Louisville) led the push to make Juneteenth a holiday in Kentucky.

Though Juneteenth is declared a holiday in Kentucky in March 2005, it not officially celebrated statewide as of 2020; however, in 2020, Gov. Andy Beshear signed a proclamation recognizing Juneteenth in Kentucky, stating, "My commitment is that I am going to ask the legislature to recognize it as a state holiday through legislation...." The legislature is to consider making it a state holiday in 2021.

For more see the Juneteeth video [#217] at "Connections with Renee Shaw," 7/07/2007, at KET (Kentucky Educational Television); HB42; and "Kentucky" at the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation website.

For more information about the state holiday consideration, see Ky. lawmakers announce support for bill recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday, at WCHTV.COM. For examples of local communities' observations, see, e.g., 2021 Juneteenth in Frankfort, KY at togetherfrankfort.org"; and Juneteenth official holiday in Louisville starting in 2021 at WHAS11.COM.

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“Juneteenth National Freedom Day in Kentucky,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed May 24, 2024, https://nkaa.uky.edu/nkaa/index.php/items/show/1520.

Last modified: 2021-05-14 17:17:14