Savannah Mayor Van Johnson today signed a proclamation recognizing June 19, 2020, as Juneteenth Day, "a commemorative holiday in the City of Savannah."
"The City of Savannah fully recognizes that the intrinsic value of celebrating Juneteenth Day lies in acknowledgment that there remains much work to be done in addressing equity, inclusion, equal rights and equal access to opportunity in order to truly overcome racism in our country and in our community," the proclamation reads.
"The City of Savannah, Georgia, remains committed to pursuing the ideals of justice, equity and peace among all of our residents."
City offices will remain open. Juneteenth will be celebrated June 19-21 with various observances in Savannah.
"This year's observance takes on a special and historical meaning," said Mayor Johnson. "The nation has expressed collective outrage about the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Rayshard Brooks at the hands of police officers. There is outrage about the death of Ahmaud Arbery in nearby Glynn County. This must be more than a moment. It must be a movement. It has to be more than a protest. There must be some policy. There has to be love, care and empathy."