The City of West Fargo is following Gov. Doug Burgum's footsteps by acknowledging Friday, June 19 as Juneteenth Celebration Day in West Fargo.
Mayor Bernie Dardis signed a proclamation, June 18 declaring the celebration that acknowledges the day celebrated as the end of slavery in the U.S.
"Juneteenth is a time for all Americans to acknowledge a tragic period of injustice and inequality in our history and recognize that discrimination has continued to this day," the proclamation said.
The holiday is honored on June 19 after Union General Gordon Granger led thousands of federal troops to Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended, and slaves had been freed on June 19, 1865.
Burgum declared the celebration statewide in a tweet this week.
"We encourage North Dakotans to observe and learn more about this day commemorating the end of slavery, as we renew our commitment to the ideals of democracy and liberty, justice and equality for all citizens," Burgum wrote.
The celebratory declaration only declares June 19, 2020 as "Juneteenth Celebration Day," and does not name following years.
In an effort to recognize Juneteenth each year, Sen. Tim Mathern, D-Fargo, said he will propose a bill in the next legislative session that recognizes Juneteenth as a North Dakota holiday.