The city of Alexandria is honoring Juneteenth in a number of ways, from in-person and virtual concerts to historical tours of the city. Juneteenth refers to June 19, 1865, the day when news of the Emancipation Proclamation made it to the slave-holding state of Texas. According to patch.com, "That day marked the time when all states received the news that African American slaves were free, officially marking the end of slavery in the United States. In June 2020, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared Juneteenth a permanent paid state holiday. Virginia had long marked Juneteenth by issuing a proclamation, but the date has not previously been considered a state holiday." As per patch.com, "Residents of Alexandria and visitors can learn more about Juneteenth and its connection to the city as well as the Black Lives Matter Movement from an interview with Black History Museum Director Audrey Davis. The city also is inviting residents and visitors to discover 24 Alexandria Black-owned businesses to support this Juneteenth and year-round."