Thomas Jefferson's Birthday No Longer Paid Holiday in Charlottesville
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Thomas Jefferson's birthday is no longer an official, paid holiday in the City of Charlottesville.
Councilors voted late Monday, July 1, to remove April 13 from the city’s holiday schedule. They added "Liberation and Freedom Day" as an official holiday, which is set for on March 3. That day will commemorate the day U.S. troops officially emancipated enslaved people in Charlottesville following the end of the Civil War.
“Having March 3rd be a designated holiday in the city will be a big step towards more accurately presenting the history of Charlottesville and recognizing the importance and value of the lives of the black residents who made up the majority of the population in the city and county at the time of the Civil War,” said Ben Doherty.
“He [Jefferson] was the nation’s first secretary of state, he was the second vice president of the United States, he was the third president of the United States,” Scott Warner said. “With all of these incredible accomplishments it's inconceivable for our area not to honor his birthday as a holiday.”
Charlottesville City Council also voted to add a floating holiday for city staff to use at any time. That was done to bring the city's number of official holidays up to 12, which is the same number as Albemarle County.