WPI Commemorates Juneteenth 2023

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Juneteenth 2023

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) commemorates Juneteenth 2023 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 19, 2023 in observation of Juneteenth. We greatly appreciate all WPI employees who will be working on this day to support the WPI community's needs.

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 (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday. Juneteenth 2023 will occur on Monday, June 19."

Learn More: What is Juneteenth? (History)

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