The City of Rockville will observe Juneteenth, Saturday, June 19, as a city holiday for the first time this year with a panel discussion and community service activities.
The panel discussion will focus on racial equity, social justice and economic development as a means toward achieving equity and justice. Panelist will include community members, members of Rockville’s Mayor and Council, and city staff. The discussion will be prerecorded and available for viewing on June 19 on Rockville 11 (channel 11 on county cable), on the city’s YouTube channel, where additional information about the discussion and holiday events will be posted as it becomes available.
The city will also coordinate with community groups to provide opportunities for residents to participate in community service activities.
The holiday commemorates June 19, 1865, when the Union army arrived in Texas bearing federal orders proclaiming the end of slavery. The orders arrived nearly two-and-a-half years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation declared that enslaved people living in the secessionist Confederate states were now free.