On June 20, 2022, Baldwin County School Board offices as well as its schools and summer programs will be closed in Observance of the Juneteenth federal holiday. We will resume a regular schedule on Tuesday, June 21st.
Juneteenth commemorates the events on June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers, arriving in Galveston, Texas, delivered the news to those enslaved that the Civil War had ended, and they had been ordered free by President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation two and half years earlier. That year, the first celebration of Juneteenth, or Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, took place among the formerly enslaved people of Galveston.
As an educational community, Juneteenth provides us with time to reflect on new ways of achieving equality of education, equality of opportunity, and equality of choice for our students and ourselves.