Target to observe Juneteenth as a company holiday

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Minneapolis-based Target is among the growing number of American corporations recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday.

Target is giving hourly employees either a paid day-off or will pay them time-and-a-half to work on June 19th, historically the date that marks the effective end of slavery in the United States.

Stores and distribution centers will remain open, but Target’s main headquarters in downtown Minneapolis will close on Friday.

“We recognize that the racial trauma the country is experiencing now is not new, but throughout recent weeks there has been a sense that this time is, and has to be, different,” says Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO, Target. “Juneteenth takes on additional significance in this moment.”

Target joins the ranks of corporations who will be observing Juneteenth as a holiday. Other corporations are Nike, the NFL, Twitter, Square, 

Juneteenth is the day that commemorates when the federal orders were read to slaves in Galveston, Texas that proclaimed them free.