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The Greenburgh Town Board unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday night declaring June 2023 as a Town of Greenburgh holiday. Juneteenth is the day -on June 19, 1865 when the last enslaved people in Galveston were freed. Juneteenth is widely recognized as a day of celebration and reflection.
The Federal government, NYS, Westchester County and most communities in Westchester are giving their employees the day off. So will the town. Because some departments (example: police, some employees in the assessors office, parks) need to work on Monday this holiday for 2023 will be a floating holiday. If a department needs to operate the employee will be able to take the day off on another day.
Enjoy the holiday. Please join fellow town employees and residents at our Juneteenth celebration this Friday. Flag raising at town hall at 5:45 PM. Motorcade departs town hall at 6 pm. At 6:30 pm celebration with food at Richard Presser Park & Webb Field. This Monday the Village of Irvington is celebrating Juneteenth at Scenic Park from 1 to 3. Last weekend the village dedicated a sculpture commemorating Enslaved Africans who helped build our beautiful village. See photos below.
Greenburgh Town Supervisor
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C O M M E M O R A T E
Commemorating Enslaved Africans
in Irvington, New York
What a glorious day for “Yesterday’s” Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony!
Photo credit: Michael Hanna
Here is what a few of our Commemorate Committee members had to say about “Yesterday”.
Cathy Sears, “It’s our ongoing search to fully define where we live, how we live and why. Public art is a key way any town defines its self image-that sense of place. Something you feel. Public artworks are the touchstones that say ‘that was us then’ and ‘this is us now.’ And here we are now with the installation of this beautiful bas relief. “Yesterday” beckons us to discover ourselves and our town-our place, Irvington.”
Lisa Genn, “Yesterday” was already an incredible, masterful, gorgeous piece of art when she was at the foundry or under a cover. But she was made to be “public art”. That was her calling. The moment she was unveiled, we collectively started bringing her to life…with our gaze, our reflections, with conversations that are already happening in front of her and about her. She will come to live through adoration and through criticism, through praise and through hesitation or resistance. So keep reflecting, questioning, sharing, discussing, showing, remembering…keep bringing her to life.”
Arlene Burgos, “This is uncomfortable. This is not something we are proud of… but this is not something we can bury. This history is our history. It does not have to define us, but it has shaped us as a nation. Why remember this history? Why have this sculpture on our Main Street? Because we should never forget this history. It continues to permeate all facets of our society; the justice system, housing, healthcare, and education. We first have to acknowledge the origins and legacy of enslavement before we can repair its continuing impact.”
We distributed Commemorate’s pocket-sized slavery maps as souvenirs of the Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony. If you would like us to mail you one, please let us know.
And, finally, one last stop on the Road to Irvington’s 4th Annual Juneteenth Celebrations. Please come join us for an afternoon of music, dancing and eating!
Thank you for all of your support and encouragement. Stay tuned for updates about the ongoing social/racial justice work of Commemorate.
Sarah and the Commemorate Team
To commemorate the enslaved Africans who lived in what is now known as Irvington. To foster civic engagement to reveal the history and to honor the humanity, resilience, and contributions of these enslaved people. To promote community activism to dismantle the economic and social legacies of enslavement.
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