Town offices and the Spiegel Pittsford Community Center will be closed Monday, June 20 in observance of the State and Federal Juneteenth holiday; the Pittsford Community Library will remain open for regular hours. Juneteenth commemorates the end to slavery and celebrates Black and African American freedom and achievements. It was June 19, 1865, when the news of emancipation came to Texas more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863. African Americans across the state were made aware of their right to freedom on this day when Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston with federal troops to read General Order No. 3 announcing the end of the Civil War and that all those enslaved were now free, as well as to maintain a presence in Texas for the purpose of enforcing emancipation among slave-owners throughout the state. We wish all a happy Juneteenth!