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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.

SU is a proud sponsor of the Eastern Shore Juneteenth Parade and Festival on Saturday, June 17, 2023, in downtown Salisbury. For information visit

Monday, June 19, will be a full SU holiday for all students and employees in observance of Juneteenth. However you choose to spend the day, please join SU in making an impact.