Public comments sought for proposed Juneteenth City holiday

May 10, 2021

The Minneapolis City Council is seeking public comments on a proposal to make Juneteenth a new City holiday. People can submit their comments online or provide them directly to members of the commission at a public hearing 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 12.

The public hearing will be broadcast on the City’s website, City’s YouTube channel and Comcast Channel 14 or 799; CenturyLink Channel 8001 or 8501 (Note: closed captioning is available on all broadcasts and web streams.) Learn how to participate in the public hearing.

Observed June 19, Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when the last of enslaved persons in the U.S. received news of their freedom and entitlement to natural born human rights under the law, which had actually been bestowed upon them two and a half years earlier with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.