The City of Pulaski now recognizes Juneteenth as an official holiday.
The matter was brought to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen during the July 28 meeting by Alderman Hardin Franklin and was passed unanimously.
The holiday celebrates freedom from slavery for African-Americans, commemorating June 19, 1865, as a pivotal point in our nation’s history.
Mayor Pat Ford echoed past sentiments of adding to, not tearing down, recognition of historical events.
After some discussion, the board agreed to designate Juneteenth as a floating holiday, meaning city employees may take a paid day off of their choice during the month of June, with city operations remaining unaffected. The holiday schedule change will take effect June 1, 2021.
In other business, the board:
• Approved parade permits for the Giles County Baptist Association for Aug. 2 and for the Trent Holt 5K, rescheduled for Oct. 24.
• Adopted a resolution relative to a change order with Doss Brothers for Lot 5 in Dan Speer Industrial Park South.
• Passed an ordinance, on first reading, relative to amending the 2020-21 budget to roll-over unused funds from the 2019-20 budget for street paving.
The board will next meet for a work session at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at City Hall.