NC Apple Festival director apologizes for ‘sarcastic’ post calling June 16 a made-up holiday

The executive director of the North Carolina Apple Festival has been criticized for a social media post calling June 16 a made-up holiday.

David Nicholson, a former Henderson County manager, has apologized after receiving backlash for a post he made after visiting a closed post office on Monday. He says he knew nothing about June 16, which is an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, enslaved blacks in Galveston, Texas were told they were free at last. The day has been celebrated by African Americans since the late 19th century.

The Facebook post, which has since been removed, read: “The post office is closed today for a made up holiday I’ve never heard of? When exactly is ‘Old Fat White Man Day’? I really want to celebrate this day.”

A screenshot of David Nicholson's Facebook post.

Last June, President Joe Biden declared June 16 a federal holiday for Americans to commemorate the end of slavery. Several local events were held this month in honor of the day.

“Seriously, I hadn’t heard of Juneteenth until yesterday,” Nicholson told the Times-News on Tuesday. “I tried to go to the post office but it was closed.”

Nicholson said he got home Monday and Googled “Why is the post office closed today?”

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