United States Ambassador to Jamaica, N. Nick Perry, hosted a forum at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston for Juneteenth, a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The event was held Tuesday, June 14, 2022, with over 40 Jamaican high school students, along with their teachers. Embassy panelists included ((l-r) Dominick Riley, U.S. Postal Inspector Attaché, Tiffany Henderson, Executive Office Manager, and Dolan Greenidge, Country Attaché, Drug Enforcement Administration. President Joe Biden declared a Juneteenth a public holiday in 2021, the first new federal holiday since the creation of Martin Luther King Day in 1983.
Students and teachers in attendance hailed from Ardenne High School, Calabar High School, Campion College, Convent of Mercy “Alpha”, Mona High School, Jamaica College, Kingston College, Papine High School, St. George’s High School, St. Hugh’s High School, The Queen’s School for Girls, and Wolmer’s Trust High School for Boys.