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The Baltimore Museum of Art will be closed this Saturday, June 19, in commemoration of Juneteenth.

On Saturday, it will be 156 years since the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas, which marked the announcement of the abolition of slavery throughout the entire former Confederacy. The BMA wants to honor the historical significance of this day by continuing to offer it as a paid holiday for staff.

This will be the second year the Museum closes for Juneteenth, though our audiences may not have noticed that staff did not work on the day last year, as the Museum was closed to the public due to the pandemic.

We hope you take a moment on Saturday to meditate, reflect, or learn.

The BMA believes that observing Juneteenth encourages people to learn about the events surrounding that date. We are heartened to see the U.S. Senate has passed a measure that puts the day on the path to becoming a recognized Federal holiday. We hope you take a moment on Saturday to meditate, reflect, or learn. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum on Sunday, June 20.