In recognition of this important moment in our nation’s and our school’s history, Pomfret School will be granting a paid holiday for all of its employees this coming Friday, June 19.
On June 19, 1865, U.S. Army Major General Gordon Granger traveled to Galveston, Texas, to announce the end of the Civil War and slavery. Although slavery had been abolished more than two years earlier by Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, it continued in Texas and in other remote areas where enforcement of the proclamation was weak and inconsistent. Juneteenth (June + Nineteenth) is the holiday that commemorates this historic day and celebrates the official end of slavery in the United States of America.
Just as Columbus Day is being rewritten to include the stories of the Indigenous people who suffered violence and colonial oppression, it is important to recognize and to celebrate this turning point in our history. Juneteenth was a moment when the law became more than an idea or something to be enforced intermittently, but something that applied to every citizen of the nation. Today, as nationwide protests and calls to end racial injustice gain increasing momentum, many Americans are advocating for Juneteenth to be declared a federal holiday.
Pomfret School is committed to change. We are committed to making the campus an inclusive and supportive environment for all students, faculty, and staff, not just in theory, but with actions and deeds that continually reinforce our dedication to that belief.
In recognition of this important moment in our nation’s and our school’s history, Pomfret School will be granting a paid holiday for all of its employees this coming Friday, June 19th. We encourage all of our employees to use it as an opportunity to reflect on issues of race, equality, and privilege in our community and in our world.