Date celebrates 155 years since all enslaved people freed in America.
The Juneteenth Flag will fly for the first time at the state Capitol Friday to commemorate the freedom of Black Americans from slavery 155 years ago.
Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order on Wednesday, stating the flag will fly on the East Wing of the Capitol, replacing the Pride Flag for one day.
“As a state that sees some of the most disparate outcomes for Black Wisconsinites, it is as important as ever that we recognize and reflect on our history, celebrate Black resiliency, and move forward in solidarity and strength toward a more racially equitable and just society,” said Evers in a statement.
Juneteenth is a day of celebration commemorating the day on which the enslaved people living in Galveston, Texas, finally received word of their freedom under the Emancipation Proclamation, more than two years after it was issued by President Lincoln.
“This year, Juneteenth has particular significance as we find ourselves in the midst of a movement for racial justice and an end to systemic racism,” said Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes. “We have won significant freedoms since 1619, but our work will not be over until all Black lives matter by way of equity and the opportunity to thrive.”
Juneteenth is formally recognized and celebrated in 47 states and the District of Columbia, with Wisconsin joining as the 32nd state to recognize this day in 2009.