ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (February 18, 2021) At the request of County Executive Dr. Sam Page, the Civil Service Commission agreed today to add Juneteenth to the county’s holiday calendar, beginning this year.
The action comes after Dr. Page closed county offices in observation of Juneteenth last year, with the promise to seek approval from the Civil Service Commission to make it a standing holiday on the official county calendar.
“Last year, as our country responded to the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, Juneteenth took on a greater meaning and received greater awareness,” said Dr. Page. “I heard from many of our employees and residents about what the day means to them. I am pleased to announce today that the Civil Service Commission voted to make Juneteenth an official county holiday.”
Juneteenth (June 19) marks the anniversary of the end of slavery in the United States.
“It’s important that we all take the opportunity to commemorate the historic gravity of Juneteenth,” Page said. “It’s a day to appreciate the changes that we have seen since the 19th century while also reflecting upon how we can each play a role in the changes that are yet to come.”