Tag: Civil War

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock

11 Mayors Team Up To Launch New Local Reparations Efforts, Establish Framework for a National Reparations Program

Following an announcement in March that city officials in Evanston, Illinois would begin paying qualifying city residents up to $25,000 in reparations for use on property payments and home repair, and fresh off the government’s announcement of Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday, mayors in 11 additional U.S. cities have announced…

Juneteenth National Independence Day Act bill signing

House Passes and Biden Signs New Bill To Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to designate Juneteenth as a federal holiday, one day after the Senate unanimously voted for its passage. President Biden quickly signed the bill into law on June 17, making this year’s Juneteenth the first national recognition of Black Independence Day in the United…

Emancipation Proclamation

Illinois Museum To Host Juneteenth Exhibit and Display a Rare, Signed Copy of Emancipation Proclamation

As we draw closer to this year’s Juneteenth celebrations on June 19, marking the 156th anniversary of the end of slavery in the United States, an Illinois museum has announced that it will help to mark the occasion by putting a rare, signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation on display…

Arlington House

Former Virginia Mansion of Robert E. Lee Reopens With a Focus on the Enslaved Lives Who Once Lived There

When the historic Washington D.C. landmark Arlington House closed in 2018 for refurbishment, no one could have guessed it would be three full years before it welcomed its next group of visitors. When the National Park Service finally reopened those doors to the public on Tuesday, June 8, it wasn’t…

Katherine Johnson at NASA

Virginia School Named After Confederate Soldier Will Now Be Renamed To Honor NASA’s Legendary Black Mathematician Katherine Johnson

Sidney Lanier Middle School in Fairfax County will no longer be named after the private who served in the Confederate army. On Friday, June 4, the school announced it will now be known as Katherine Johnson Middle School — the Black NASA mathematician who, along with three other Black women,…

government removing confederate symbols

Latinx Civil Rights Leader Lawrence Romo Named To Commission Removing Confederate Names and Symbols From Military Bases

In his role as the leader of a national veterans’ civil rights group created to help protect Mexican Americans from discrimination, Lawrence Romo has a long history of fighting for diversity and inclusion. And now the Latinx civil rights leader will take his considerable skills and knowledge to Washington D.C….