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Durham to commemorate Juneteenth with flag-raising ceremony

The second-annual North Carolina Official Juneteenth Flag-Raising Ceremony will take place on June 5 at the Durham County Courthouse.

The ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. and include a prayer, a soulful song and the raising of the Juneteenth flag by Buffalo Soldiers historical re-enactors and Durham County Sheriff’s Honor Guards. Larry Hall, former secretary of North Carolina’s Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, will preside over the public reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 13th Amendment and General Order #3, which informed the people of Texas that all enslaved people were now free.

This is the fourth year that Durham County Government has recognized Juneteenth as a county holiday.

The nationally recognized Juneteenth holiday is Wednesday, June 19. Most Durham County Government offices will close on that day in observance.

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