Wicomico County Council adds Juneteenth to official holiday list

WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. –  In Wicomico County, new legislation has been passed that recognizes Juneteenth as a legal holiday.

Tuesday night, the Wicomico County Council voted unanimously to pass a bill adding Juneteenth National Freedom Day to the county’s list of official holidays. They’ve also added paid leave and holiday benefits for county employees. The Juneteenth holiday observes the end of slavery here in the U.S.

47ABC spoke with the Wicomico NAACP who say that this is a step in the right direction for the county but that there’s still plenty of progress that needs to be made.

“We’re facing community issues and we still have the community issues that we still need to fight but it is a step in the right direction,” Vice President Anthony Dickerson said.

“Well 5 years from now, I’m hoping that the community issues will come up together with a lot of resolutions so that our community will be a peaceful community. But, I know that a tall order to fill.”

Dickerson adds that work looks like bringing communities together and opening up the conversation to spark change. Back in June, President Joe Biden signed a bill to establish Juneteenth as a federal holiday with Governor Larry Hogan issuing a proclamation for the holiday as well.

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