Our office will be closed on Monday, June 20, 2022, in observance of Juneteenth Day, which officially became a federal holiday on June 17, 2021. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
On this important day, we commemorate those individuals who descend from ancestry that were held as slaves and set free officially in Texas on June 19, 1865, two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The holiday honors the end of slavery in the U.S. and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. Learn more about this day by visiting The History Channel (https://www.history.com/news/what-is-juneteenth).
An important event with roots in Juneteenth is the “Black Wall Street” massacre that took place on May 31, 1921, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A white mob began a rampage through approximately 35 square blocks that African Americans had founded and developed known as the Greenwood district known, or Black Wall Street. Learn more about this event by visiting The History Channel (https://www.history.com/news/tulsa-massacre-black-wall-street-before-and-after-photos).