WPI Celebrates Juneteenth 2022


Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) celebrates Juneteenth 2022 by highlighting the significance of this federal holiday marking the emancipation of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth offers us the opportunity for reflection, introspection, and healing as we continue to advance the work for racial equity and justice. Use this weekend and beyond to support Black-owned businesses and shops in the Greater Worcester community, read the history of this commemorative day and American chattel slavery, and make a commitment to continue advancing racial, social, and economic justice at WPI. Please note WPI will be closed on Monday, June 20, 2022 in observation of Juneteenth.


Juneteenth also known as:

  • Juneteenth National Independence Day
  • Emancipation Day
  • Freedom Day
  • Jubilee Day
  • Black Independence Day
  • Juneteenth Independence Day


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“Juneteenth — also known as Freedom Day — has been a tradition in the United States for more than 150 years. The holiday finds its roots in Texas, where enslaved African-Americans in the city of Galveston were finally informed of their freedom on June 19, 1865, about two and half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863. Participation in Juneteenth celebrations grew throughout the years as descendants continued traditions in Texas and, as African-Americans in the South migrated across the country, Juneteenth celebrations began appearing in different cities.” –Gina Cherelus, The New York Times


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