Gov. Tony Evers. (Contributed)

Evers to fly Juneteenth flag over state capital for first time

By Patrick Lynn

Gov. Tony Evers announced on Tuesday that the Juneteenth flag will be raised over the Wisconsin State Capitol beginning at sunrise on Friday, June 19, 2020, in celebration of Juneteenth.

Juneteenth is celebrated each June 19 and commemorates the end of slavery in America on that date in 1865. It is formally recognized and celebrated in 47 states and the District of Columbia, with Wisconsin joining as the 32nd state to recognize the day in 2009.

It’s the first time in state history the Juneteenth flag will be flown at the State Capitol.

“As a state that sees some of the most disparate outcomes for black Wisconsinites, it is as important as ever that we recognize and reflect on our history, celebrate black resiliency, and move forward in solidarity and strength toward a more racially equitable and just society,” Evers said in a press release.

“This year, Juneteenth has particular significance as we find ourselves in the midst of a movement for racial justice and an end to systemic racism,” said Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes. “We have won significant freedoms since 1619, but our work will not be over until all black lives matter by way of equity and the opportunity to thrive.”

The Rainbow Pride flag will be temporarily removed and will resume flying over the East Wing of the State Capitol building on Sat., June 20, 2020. The U.S. and State of Wisconsin flags will continue flying on the East Wing flagpole above the Juneteenth flag. The POW-MIA flag will continue flying on the North Wing flagpole as it does every day.