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City Offices Closed for Liberation and Freedom Day

Post Date:02/27/2020 8:32 AM
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Brian Wheeler
Director of Communications
434-970-3129
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 27, 2020

City Offices Closed for Liberation and Freedom Day

CAT and Trash Services will be on normal operating schedules

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA -Charlottesville City offices will be closed on Tuesday, March 3 for the Liberation and Freedom Day holiday.

The Office of Elections and Voter Registration will be OPEN and fully staffed due to the Democratic Presidential Primary.

Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) will provide service on its normal schedule. City trash and recycling services will also be on a normal schedule. There will be no delays to collections.

City offices will reopen on Wednesday, March 4.

For Liberation and Freedom Day events, please visit the city's website and the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center's Facebook Page.

Background

In July 2019, Charlottesville City Council approved Liberation and Freedom Day as new official City holiday to be observed on March 3. The holiday replaces the observance of Thomas Jefferson’s birthday on April 13. The birthday of Thomas Jefferson, a resident of nearby Albemarle County, had been observed as a holiday during 1945-2019. In 1865, when blacks were the majority race in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area, there were over 14,000 enslaved people at the time of emancipation. On March 3, 1865, United States Army forces under the command of Major General Philip H. Sheridan arrived in Charlottesville and remained in the area until March 6, 1865. From March 3 to March 6, 1865, area African-Americans emancipated themselves from enslavement.

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