Starting next year, the City will be celebrating Emancipation Day on May 20, which will be a paid holiday. The City Commissioners approved the change at their Nov. 10 meeting.
The holiday has already been adopted by the Leon County Board of County Commissioners.
Adopting the holiday is expected to result in an estimated additional cost of $67,000, and the cost related to overtime will be monitored through Fiscal Year 2021.
The holiday will be observed consistently with all other City holidays. If the holiday falls on a Saturday, it will be observed the preceding Friday. If it falls on a Sunday, then the following Monday is when it will be observed.
May 20, 1865 was the day the Emancipation Proclamation was read by General Ed McCook at the Knott House in Tallahassee, which formally freed enslaved people in all of Florida, two years after the initial proclamation was first issued and 11 days after the Civil War had ended.