Maumelle: Norris declares ‘Juneteenth Independence Day’

Maumelle Mayor Caleb Norris issued a city proclamation declaring June 19 as the "Juneteenth Independence Day" on Saturday.

President Joe Biden signed into law on Thursday making Juneteenth a national holiday and all federal workers had Friday off as a result.

In the proclamation Norris wrote, "I encourage all residents of Maumelle to stand up in the face of bigotry and help bring our country, state, and our city a step closer to victory in the long march toward social justice."

The proclamation also details some of the history behind Juneteenth and its connection to the Civil War's end in 1865.

The proclamation was included in the Maumelle City Council packet was distributed on Thursday and the agenda for Monday's meeting can be viewed by clicking here.

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