Jacksonville celebrating 13th amendment's ratification

    Jacksonville celebrating 13th amendment's ratification (Merrilee Moore, NewsChannel 12)

    The City of Jacksonville will mark the anniversary of the passage of the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery and servitude in all forms, with a holiday and an observance.

    In observance of the Freedom Day, the City Council passed a resolution naming the second Monday in December as a City Holiday. It is believed Jacksonville is the first municipality in the US to do so.

    To mark the holiday, the Onslow Civic Affairs Committee will hold an observance at 6 p.m. on Monday in the City Council Chambers.

    The 13th Amendment is the foundation of the fight against modern day slavery in the form of human trafficking.

    The St. Julia AME Zion Church choir will also perform. A history of Freedom Day will be presented by the Onslow Civic Affairs Committee.

    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.

    The public is invited with special parking to be provided across the street and at City Hall during the ceremony. The action by the Jacksonville City Council closes city offices to mark the day annually on the second Monday of December. Because City Hall offices will be closed, doors for the event will not open until 5:15 p.m.

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