Columbia College is adding another holiday to its school calendar.

Officials on Tuesday naming “Juneteenth” as their newest school paid holiday for staff members.

The college says the holiday is one of the “Oldest nationally celebrated holidays” and it recognizes the ending of slavery in the US.

Columbia College President Scott Dalrymple stated that the holiday is one of “Hope and Celebration” marking the time when the Union army went from town to town, informing the nation that all salves where free.

The holiday officially starts for the school on June 19th in 2021, but since it’s a Saturday the school plans to take the holiday on the Friday before.

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