All District 186 schools and administrative offices will be closed on Friday, June 18, in observance of Juneteenth, and in accordance with Governor Pritzker’s announcement and closure of all state offices to honor this state and federal holiday.
Previously scheduled ESY and middle school summer boost classes are canceled.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States.
Juneteenth memorializes the day enslaved people in Texas finally received news of their freedom, June 19, 1865. That’s the day Union General Gordon Granger, who had command over the district of Texas, announced General Order No. 3, with the news that “all slaves are free.” As we all know, President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation almost three years earlier, but that information had been purposely withheld by slaveholders in Texas.
So this holiday celebrates the true abolishment of slavery in our nation. That’s why, for many Americans, the 19th of June holds the same sort of significance as the 4th of July.