Alderson Broaddus University closes to observe Juneteenth

On Friday, June 19, Alderson Broaddus University will be closed in observation of Juneteenth.

Juneteenth is the oldest known commemoration of the effective end of slavery in the United States. It marks the day in 1865 that enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, the last of the former Confederate states to abolish slavery, finally heard that the Civil War had ended, and learned that the Emancipation Proclamation had made them free nearly two years earlier.

“I believe that it is important for members of the Alderson Broaddus community to pause and reflect upon this moment in history,” said President Dr. James “Tim” Barry. “More importantly, it is an opportunity to determine what steps we can take to create a community free of hate, violence, and racism as envisioned by our commitment to diversity, one of AB’s Institutional Student Learning Outcomes.”

Alderson Broaddus will continue to examine responses to historical inequality and is committed to recognizing an important milestone in history. “Together, we make Alderson Broaddus a special and inclusive institution of higher learning,” said President Barry.

About Alderson Broaddus University

Alderson Broaddus University is an independent institution of higher learning, committed to serving the region as an academic, cultural, and religious resource, with programs based on a liberal arts foundation.

The mission of AB is to provide students with the highest quality education, striving to prepare students to succeed in their chosen disciplines and to fulfill their roles in a diverse society as well-rounded and responsible citizens.

Since its founding in 1871, AB has been a leader and innovator in higher education, with accolades in the health and natural sciences. Alderson Broaddus University stands out as one of the most innovative health education providers in Appalachia, pioneering the nation’s first baccalaureate physician assistant program of its kind in 1968, a post-baccalaureate physician assistant master’s degree program in 1993, and West Virginia’s first baccalaureate nursing program in 1945.

AB is located on a historic hilltop in Barbour County in Philippi, West Virginia. The University is rooted in historic and continuing relationships with the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. and the West Virginia Baptist Convention.

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