Juneteenth celebrates when the last slaves were informed that the Civil War was over and that they were free. Alexis Weik, Islip Town receiver of taxes, has announced her efforts to make June 19, …
Juneteenth celebrates when the last slaves were informed that the Civil War was over and that they were free. Alexis Weik, Islip Town receiver of taxes, has announced her efforts to make June 19, 1865, a the holiday recognized town-wide.
“Just like July 4th, Juneteenth is a day to celebrate independence in our country and it must be justly recognized throughout our nation,” said Weik, who is running for state Sen. Monica Martinez’s position, which is up for election in November. “It is a day of historical significance that represents the point our nation began the process of correcting an egregious wrong and thus, its impact on our nation must always be remembered and honored. It also is a clear sign that while there is more work for our nation to do to fully heal from the wounds of slavery, we are a nation that has the ability to enact change when it is warranted and just. Juneteenth is a testament to the American idea that deserves to be remembered every year.” According to a press release disseminated by Weik on Monday, town supervisor Angie Carpenter expressed willingness to the idea after receiving a letter from Weik. Weik said she is encouraged by Carpenter’s openness.
“Thank you to supervisor Carpenter and the town board for their openness to this proposal. I am committed to working with them to make sure that the residents of Islip have an annual opportunity to recognize this special day in American history,” she said.
Juneteenth is currently commemorated in some form or fashion by 47 states. Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas is currently leading a call to name Juneteenth a national holiday.