West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced on Wednesday that Juneteenth will be a state holiday in 2023.

Juneteenth is a holiday to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the US.

Monday, June 19th all state offices will be closed. All State offices will also be closed the following day for West Virginia Day on June 20th.

Gov. Justice also reminds West Virginians that the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs is hosting a Juneteenth Celebration on the Kanawha Boulevard lawns of the West Virginia Capitol Complex on Saturday, June 17, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

As part of the celebration, Dru Hill is performing and will feature all current and former group members.

Alongside founding members SisQo, Nokio, Jazz, and the latest additions Smoke and Black from the R&B group “Playa,” former members Scola and Tao rejoin the dynamic lineup. The group has exciting surprises in store for its expanding fan base everywhere. 

Food vendors and local organizations will also be present. Click here to learn more.

“We should celebrate this day, ” Gov. Justice said.