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Juneteenth (Observed Wednesday, June 19, 2024)

What does Juneteenth celebrate? Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the freedom of the slaves in the United States. The name Juneteenth is a combination of the words June and nineteenth. The day is also called Emancipation Day and Freedom Day. In 2021, President Joe Biden signed a bill that was passed by Congress to set aside Juneteenth, or June 19th, as a federal holiday. Who celebrates this day? The day is celebrated in the United States primarily by African Americans. It is most celebrated in Texas, where it has been an official state holiday since 1980. Many other states recognize the day as either an official holiday or observance. What do people do to celebrate? There are a number of different ways that people celebrate the day including parades, marches, and barbecues. Many people get together for ceremonies that include public service awards, prayer, and the raising of the Juneteenth Flag. Government and educational facilities will often have programs or information regarding the history of the holiday and the Emancipation Proclamation. It's also a time for African Americans to celebrate their heritage. History of Juneteenth The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862. It went into effect on January 1, 1863. However, slaves were not set free in the Confederacy until Union army was able to come in and take over. On June 18, 1865 the Union army arrived in Galveston, Texas. The next day, June 19, General Gordon Granger announced that the slaves in Texas were free by order of the president of the United States. The former slaves in Galveston celebrated the day that they were set free. The first Juneteenth celebration took place the very next year. The annual celebration began to spread throughout Texas and surrounding states. However, it became less popular in the early 1900's. It became popular once again in the 1950's and 1960's. In 1980 it became an official state holiday in Texas. There is currently a movement to get the day recognized on a national level. Interesting Facts About Juneteenth It is the oldest known holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the US. Juneteenth is the title of a book by author Ralph Ellison. Other books by Carolyn Meyer and Ann Rinaldi also center around the day. Some cities and groups have Miss Juneteenth contests. Strawberry soda pop was once a popular drink associated with celebrating the day. There is a Juneteenth Flag of Freedom. It is half red and half blue with a star in the middle. Each year a Juneteenth Flag raising ceremony is held in Galveston.  

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Jun 3, 2024

Memorial Day Weekend! (Monday, May 27, 2024)

While you're out barbecuing and with family and friends this Memorial Day weekend, please take time to remember the brave men and women of the Armed Forces that didn't get to take off the uniform. Memorial Day is a day of mourning the U.S. Military Personnel who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. They paid the ultimate sacrifice while helping keep the United States the land of the free and the home of the brave! We want to wish everyone safe travels during the Memorial Day weekend, for those who are visiting family and friends in other cities and states. The holiday weekend tends to bring increased traffic on the roads, so please travel safely! As always, please let us know if we can ever be of assistance. Have a wonderful and thankful Memorial Day weekend! Memorial Day Travel Safety Many Americans are planning to travel during the upcoming holiday weekend. The following are good reminders as you prepare to take to the road during the Memorial Day travel weekend. Buckle your safety belt – it's the best way to stay safe in a vehicle and remember, the national Click It or Ticket program is in full swing over the holiday weekend Don't drink and drive – even one alcoholic drink can reduce your abilities and impair your judgment Put down the cell phone - In many states, using your cell phone while driving is against the law Be prepared – take a map, atlas, or GPS device; make sure your spare tire is inflated and you know how to change it; have your car serviced before heading out; include an emergency kit with water and snacks in case you're stranded for more than a few hours; refuel BEFORE your gas warning indicator displays Turn down the music – hearing sirens and emergency vehicles is an important warning to slow down and drive cautiously - you may be approaching an accident scene Keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel – eating, looking for CDs, and digging for things in the floorboard or back seat can lead to trouble Be courteous – because of the volume of vehicles on the road, you're bound to run into a few traffic jams, be cut off, or be forced to stop short - remain calm and courteous - don't let other drivers ruin your holiday Get plenty of rest – make sure you're well-rested before getting behind the wheel, and rotate driving duties with others in the car to avoid becoming too sleepy or distracted Take frequent breaks – stop, get out of the vehicle and stretch your legs often Travel safely and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!  

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May 17, 2024

Williamston Housing

Williamston, North Carolina

Williamston Housing Authority (WHA) provides Public Housing (150 units) and Housing Choice Vouchers (157 vouchers) in the Town of Williamston in Martin County. These programs are funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). WHA also manages 20 Rural Development units for the elderly and disabled. Also, in Williamston, WHA manages Section 8/New Construction Multifamily property with 50 units called Walnut Terrace.

Learn more about housing opportunities here.

WHA recognizes residents as its ultimate customer and provides excellent customer service through partnerships with residents, the community, and government leaders. Agency resources are dedicated to WHA programs' effective and efficient management and operations.

Williamston is located in rural northeastern North Carolina on the banks of the Roanoke River.

Vision

Create dynamic communities where people thrive.

Mission

Provide quality affordable housing that is well integrated into the fabric of neighborhoods and serves as a foundation to improve lives and advance resident independence.

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Serving the City of Williamston & Martin County, NC

2023 Website of the year award