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You got furloughed, they get vacations. You wish you worked for the county.

Bitter much? Check out this press release:

County Building to Close for Holiday Juneteenth Celebration Day Observance

(El Paso, TX) – In observance of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, the County Courthouse will close for business on Friday June 19, 2009.

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, a document which stated that “All slaves held in States or parts of States engaged in war against the Federal Government shall be then, thenceforward and forever free!”

Two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, on June 19, 1865, the Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger arrived to Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the then enslaved were now free.

Juneteenth became an official Texas State holiday in 1980 and it is celebrated in 126 cities across the state, including El Paso.

The county courthouse will be closed for business this coming Friday; therefore, we urge the community to take this into consideration and plan ahead in case there is the need to use a service provided by the county. For example; application for passports, birth and marriage certificates, deeds, etc.

Emergency services are never affected by office closures. However, residents in need of emergency assistance must call 911.
El Paso County parks, including the Ascarate Golf Course and the Lighted Driving Range, will be open for the enjoyment of area residents.

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

June 18, 2009 at 11:33 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. A holiday worthy of observation. Carl Robinson’s inauguration on Monday shows that we can look beyond color.

    Ken G

    June 18, 2009 at 5:01 pm

  2. with as many taxes as i pay i feel like a slave to this city. does this mean i get off also. no, i have to go back to work to pay mine.

    citizen kane

    June 18, 2009 at 5:08 pm

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