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City of Charlottesville To Observe End of Slavery Instead of Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday

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For the first time since World War II, the city of Charlottesville, Va., will celebrate a holiday commemorating the end of slavery this year instead of Thomas Jefferson’s birthday.

The decision comes after the local city council voted to drop the official holiday celebrating Jefferson’s birthday, April 13, in place of Liberation and Freedom Day on March 3, which marks the day in 1865 when Union troops emancipated slaves.

The change is the latest attempt by Charlottesville officials to heal the wounds of the deadly 2017 Unite the Right rally which was a response to the city trying to remove its Confederate monuments.A judge ruled last year that the statues should stay, in accordance with a Virginia law barring localities from removing war monuments.

Jefferson, one of the nation’s Founding Fathers and author of the Declaration of Independence, has long been a prominent figure in the area, having also founded the University of Virginia.

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