Commitment to racial justice leads to first Juneteenth observance

June 10, 2021

​As it works to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, the Board will celebrate the holiday memorializing June 19, 1895, when slaves were proclaimed free in Texas.

Much work lies ahead if we are to advance racial equity, both inside the Board of Pensions and beyond. This year, as we live into our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and uphold our statement on racial justice, we will mark Juneteenth for the first time in agency history.

Juneteenth combines June and 19th to memorialize June 19, 1895 — the day federal orders were read in Galveston, Texas, proclaiming slaves to be free under the law. It is also known as Emancipation Day and Juneteenth Independence Day.

We join our sibling agencies and ministries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in celebrating the arrival of freedom and the resilience of Black Americans. Juneteenth is also a time to remember those who died in slavery and to honor those who survived.

In observance, the Board of Pensions will be closed Friday, June 18.