Over the weekend, Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe announced that he will be advancing measures to rename a water fountain “Black Lives Matter Freedom Fountain” and making Juneteenth a holiday for city employees.
The water fountain and plaza is located at Hillcrest and Deer Valley in the City of Antioch.
The remarks came, according to a social media post by Thorpe, while speaking at Juneteenth events over the weekend.
Here is what he wrote:
Mayor Thorpe had the honor of speaking at not just one BUT two Juneteenth events today in Antioch!
During his remarks, Mayor Thorpe noted that the reason these events were taking place today was because of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Last year’s global awakening took folks to the streets, took folks to their civic centers, took folks to the ballot box, and more to demand racial justice.
As part of this historic celebration and as a result of the federal government’s action to make Juneteenth a federal holiday, Mayor Thorpe will be advancing measures that (1) observe Juneteenth as a holiday for city employees and (2) designates the water fountain and median at the intersection of Hillcrest Ave and Deer Valley Rd (in Southeast Antioch) as Black Lives Matter Freedom Fountain .
More details to come!
It is unclear when Thorpe will be bringing these two items before the Antioch City Council for a vote.