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December 10, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
City Hall
815 New Bridge Street
Jacksonville, NC 28541
Free and Open to the Public
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Freedom Day Observance

Monday, December 10, 2018

In 2015, the National Civic League endorsed the concept of a National Freedom Day holiday. While President Abraham Lincoln’s resolution to adopt the 13th Amendment is celebrated as an observance on the first of February, the date is not a national holiday. The effort to continue the City’s legacy as A Caring Community and to adopt Freedom Day as a holiday in Jacksonville was led by Jacksonville City Council Members Jerome Willingham and Angelia Washington. On June 21, 2016, during a regular City Council meeting, the City Council voted on and adopted the holiday into the City calendar. A resolution was passed naming the second Monday in December as a new City Holiday to observe Freedom Day. The date for the holiday was selected as falling between December 6, 1865, the date the 13th Amendment was ratified by the states, and December 18, 1865, the date the Proclamation of the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution was adopted.