On June 6th, 2023 the City of Madison and Dane county raised the Juneteenth flag on the City-County building to honor Juneteenth. In 2021, Madison joined other municipalities in making the Monday following Juneteenth a paid holiday.
This year the City of Madison raised the Juneteenth flag on June 13th celebrating the holiday with both a resolution passed by Council (see below) and a paid holiday for staff on June 20th. Last year, Madison joined the County and nation in making the Monday following Juneteenth a paid holiday.
Today is Juneteenth. On this day in 1865, the people of Galveston Texas were told the war had ended and that enslaved people were now free. This news came to Texas 2 ½ years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.