Celebrate West Virginia’s Newest State Holiday With A Freedom-Themed Road Trip

Did you hear the news? West Virginia just added a new state holiday to the list of days officially observed by state agencies and employees: June 19, otherwise known as Juneteenth. It’s a day celebrating freedom – the anniversary of the day that, in 1865, enslaved African Americans in Texas finally learned that they were free, two and a half years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and two and a half months after the end of the Civil War. It’s the oldest national celebration of the end of slavery in the United States.

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To map this trip for yourself, head to Google Maps here. Coincidentally, June 20 is also a significant state holiday: West Virginia Day, the state’s birthday! Now that’s a back-to-back holiday combination that’s really worth celebrating. How about with another road trip?

Address: Kimball War Memorial, 178 One Way St, Kimball, WV 24853, USA
Address: Slab Fork, WV 25920, USA
Address: John Henry Historical Park, 3262 State Route 3 and 12, Talcott, WV 24981, USA
Address: Camp Washington Carver, 18362 Stanaford Rd, Danese, WV 25831, USA
Address: Ramsdell House, Box 691, 1108 B St, Ceredo, WV 25507, USA