Juneteenth flag raised over Wisconsin State Capitol for second straight year

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is signing an executive order raising the Juneteenth flag over the State Capitol for the second year in a row.

The flag is being raised below the United States flag and the Wisconsin state flag, replacing the Pride flag for the weekend.

“As we recognize the trials Black Americans have overcome and celebrate the resilience, vibrancy, and countless contributions of Black Wisconsinites across our state, we know our work toward equity and justice in this state is far from finished,” Gov. Evers said in a statement Friday morning. “Wisconsin faces some of the most disparate outcomes for Black Wisconsinites, from inequities in housing and healthcare to education and childcare, to the justice system and economic opportunity.”

“We’ve had moments this past year where we’ve made steps toward progress, but we are reminded today this work is urgent,” Evers added. “We must continue our work to create the state and the future we want for each other and for our kids.”

An official ceremony for the flag raising is being held Friday morning.

Evers also signed an executive order last year putting the Juneteenth up over the capitol for the first time in state history.

Juneteenth, celebrating the emancipation of African-Americans who had been enslaved on June 19th, is a holiday recognized by 47 states and the District of Columbia. President Joe Biden signed a bill into law Thursday making Juneteenth an official federal holiday.

For other Juneteenth events in Madison, Madison Magazine put together this list of local celebrations.