As a means of actively appreciating diversity within the workplace and within the communities that they serve, Dover Federal Credit Union has made the announcement that Juneteenth (Freedom Day) will now be celebrated company-wide despite the fact that it is not a federal holiday. All Dover Federal employees are receiving the day as a paid day off so they may join others in celebrating African American freedom. The holiday is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Tyler Kuhn, AVP, Marketing and Digital Services said "As a company we believe that this is a holiday that we need to observe. Juneteenth helps us in truthfully acknowledging a period in our history that has influenced and continues to influence who we are as a country today."
On June 19th, 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was put in place, General Gordon Granger of the United States Army arrived in Galveston, Texas, and issued General Order Number 3, which declared “all slaves are free.” Six months later, the Thirteenth Amendment was ratified, abolishing slavery for good. Following this, the celebrations taking place on June 19th became known as Juneteenth and the day was used for gatherings of family and friends, prayer, and focus on education and self-improvement. To learn more, visit www.juneteenth.com
Dover Federal Credit Union was originally founded on Dover Air Force Base in 1958 and has been committed to supporting the communities that they serve for over 60 years. Dover Federal currently has seven locations throughout the state and is projected to open an eighth in Camden, Delaware in 2020. Voted the 2019 Reader’s Choice Credit Union of the Year and the First State Favorite Credit Union for the past 5 years in a row, Dover Federal continues to help their members get there, wherever that may be. To learn more about Dover FCU visit any of their branches, or visit them on the web at www.doverfcu.com.