FSRI Staff Will Observe Juneteenth

Juneteenth, which celebrates the end of slavery in the United States including Rhode Island, is coming up on June 19th.

We want to share some background information about Juneteenth, and what it represents. Combining the words “June” and “nineteenth,” Juneteenth (also called Emancipation Day or Juneteenth Independence Day), dates back over a century and is an important time to reflect on the history of slavery in our country, pay tribute to the lives of enslaved people, and honor the resilience and contributions of black communities.

FSRI is committed to promoting equity and justice, both within our organization, and the communities we serve. On June 18th, FSRI is closing at 3 PM and encouraging our team members to attend events in our community.

If you would like to participate in local activities to celebrate Juneteenth, you can find out more information at: JuneteenthRI.com.

FSRI will be closed on the afternoon of Friday, June 18, 2021, in observation of Juneteenth.

Juneteenth day celebration in Texas, 1900. (Austin History Center).
Juneteenth Celebration Emancipation Day Library of Congress
Juneteenth Celebration (Emancipation Day) in 1905, Richmond, Va. (Library of Congress)