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Juneteenth Day flag to fly over Milwaukee building Friday, commemorating end of slavery

Alison Dirr
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A Juneteenth Day flag will fly over the City of Milwaukee's building at 809 N. Broadway on Friday, according to Ald. Chantia Lewis.

June 19, or Juneteenth, commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S.

"It will be the first time the flag has been displayed at a City of Milwaukee government building, and I am working to see if it can be flown next year on the flag pole high atop the bell tower of our historic City Hall," Lewis said in a statement.

Her statement said Milwaukee has one of the longest-running Juneteenth celebrations in the country. 

"Juneteenth is the official Independence Day for African Americans across the country, and it’s important that our history is told and officially celebrated as well," she said in the statement. 

On Monday, Milwaukee County officials announced that June 19 would become a floating holiday for county employees in recognition of Juneteenth. 

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Contact Alison Dirr at 414-224-2383 or adirr@jrn.com. Follow her on Twitter @AlisonDirr