Strasburg Town Council approves resolution honoring Juneteenth

Published: Jun. 9, 2021 at 8:43 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 9:03 PM EDT
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STRASBURG, Va. (WHSV) - On Tuesday night, the Strasburg Town Council approved a resolution honoring Juneteenth: the historic day in 1865 where the last slaves in America were freed.

This approval comes after the town voted to make June 18 a paid holiday for town staff, since the day fell on the Friday before Juneteenth.

Brandy Boies, Mayor of Strasburg, said this was done to give town staff a chance to reflect on the history of Black Americans.

Councilman John Massoud wrote the draft of the resolution to be put on display in the town hall to honor the day, along with help from Councilwoman Emily Reynolds.

The resolution was approved unanimously Tuesday night and members of the Sunset Academy and Mt. Zion United Methodist Church gave presentations on why the day is important.

Mayor Boies said the resolution is a part of the town’s hope to continue discussing Black history.

“There’s also a group that is working on finalizing the display at the Strasburg Museum and that’s going to be really impressive it’s going to highlight our Sunset School as well as the Queen Street School,” Boies said.

Both exhibits on the town’s historic black schools will be open on the Fourth of July weekend.

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