Celebrating Juneteenth - Message from Superintendent Dungee
Posted on 06/19/2021
Celebrating Juneteenth

Dear Members of the Central Islip Community,


June 19 is an important day for our nation and our African American community. Juneteenth commemorates the abolition of slavery in the United States of America.

On June 19, 1865, more than 250,000 African Americans in Texas were officially freed from slavery when General Gordon Granger of the Union Army arrived in Galveston, Texas, and issued General Order No. 3, which declared the formal emancipation of more than 250,000 African Americans in Texas.


President Joe Biden signed legislation into law on June 17, 2021, recognizing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day (a federal holiday) in the United States, celebrating the abolition of slavery in the United States. Historically, this momentous day has been commemorated with family and community gatherings, music, dancing, prayer, and soul food. Juneteenth is a day for contemplation and celebration!


Today, Juneteenth commemorates the achievement of independence, liberation, and justice, highlighting African Americans' accomplishments, education, and perseverance that aided our nation's advancement. 


Happy Juneteenth!


Mr. Norman A. Wagner

Board of Education President


Ms. Sharon A. Dungee 


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