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On June 19, 1865, two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Union soldiers arrived in Texas with news that the Civil War had ended and all slaves were then free, marking the end of one of the most oppressive eras in American history. Salisbury University is proud to join the University System of Maryland in recognizing Juneteenth, a celebration of Black history, culture, resistance and resilience.

SU’s Commitment to Reflection and Healing

While legal slavery in our nation ended, racism persists. SU observes Juneteenth as a way for the campus community to connect, listen and reflect on how we can each be part of the solution moving forward.

There are a number of ways this important time can be spent. We can educate ourselves on the history of Juneteenth by reading about its history, watching the Netflix documentary 13th or Just Mercy, or by listening to the 1619 podcast. We can participate in an online Juneteenth event as we reflect on the systemic racism that still exists today. Perhaps most importantly, we can raise awareness and make an impact on the future by educating our children and other young people in our lives about Juneteenth and its significance.

However you chose to spend the day, please join SU in making an impact.

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Salisbury University Joins Nation in Commemorating Juneteenth

Salisbury University and the University System of Maryland commemorate Juneteenth, a celebration of Black history, culture, resistance and resilience. Each year on June 19, the day recognizes the end of slavery in our nation and continued calls for equality, equity and justice. The SU community is encouraged to join together to reflect on bettering the world around us. Learn what Juneteenth is, why it’s important and how you can celebrate.

Events and Initiatives

This year, we are happy to announce that Friday, June 18, will be a full SU holiday for all students and employees in observance of Juneteenth. Please check your SU email for details from Human Resources.

During the week of June 14, there will be several events and activities led by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to recognize this important event. More information will be available as the date nears on engaging faculty, staff, students and members of our broader community in these celebrations.


With the announcement ( from University System of Maryland Chancellor Jay A. Perman, SU joins other Maryland institutions in honoring and observing Juneteenth. The following resources are designed help learn more about Juneteenth and its significance.