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Town offices close in honor of King, Lee, and Jackson

SoVaNow.com / January 08, 2014
Government offices in the Towns of Clarksville, Boydton, Chase City and South Hill will observe Lee-Jackson Day on Friday, January 17, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on Monday, Jan. 20, and will be closed both days.

For this reason, both business and residential garbage collections in Clarksville will take place on Thursday, January 16 instead of their usual dates. Regular collection will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 21 when the town offices reopen.

Trash collection in Boydton will take place on Jan. 21, and in Chase City there is no garbage collection on either Friday or Monday. The following week, people whose trash is normally picked up on Monday are scheduled for a Tuesday pickup and those whose regular trash day is Tuesday will have it picked up on Wednesday.

Since South Hill has outsourced the town’s trash collection to a private vendor, there is no change to the trash schedule for South Hill businesses or residents as a result of the holidays.

The Commonwealth of Virginia began celebrating Robert E. Lee’s birthday (Jan. 19) in 1889. Fifteen years later, in 1904, the Commonwealth added the celebration of Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s birthday (Jan. 21).

In 1983, the United States Congress created a national holiday, on Jan. 15, to honor civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King. The next year, Virginia changed the date on which it honored Dr. King, from January 1, combining it instead with the existing Lee-Jackson holiday. From 1984 until 2000, citizens in Virginia celebrated a single holiday, Lee-Jackson-King Day.

It was Gov. Jim Gilmore in 2000 who again separated the holidays, believing that the simultaneous celebration of the lives of Confederate generals and a civil rights icon was incongruous.

State and county offices are also closed for both holidays.

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