Juneteenth Oregon

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Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth “Independence Day” or “Freedom Day”, is a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery and the emancipation of African American slaves.

On September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation effectively ending slavery on January 1, 1863, however, the Proclamation had little effect in the State of Texas until two and half years later. It was on June 19, 1865, that Union General Gordon Granger read General Orders No. 3 to the people of Galvaston, Texas:

“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaved are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.”

Juneteenth in Oregon

In Oregon, Juneteenth Oregon Celebration was founded 45 years ago by the late and beloved community leader Clara Peoples. The celebration of Juneteenth Oregon dates back to 1945 when Peoples introduced the tradition from Muskogee, Oklahoma, to her co-workers at the Kaiser Shipyards in Portland. Upon moving to Portland in 1945, Clara Peoples was surprised to learn that the Juneteenth holiday was unknown in this part of the country. She introduced the holiday to her co-workers at the Kaiser Shipyards during their break being the first Juneteenth Celebration in Oregon. Later Clara helped to initiate Portland’s annual citywide Juneteenth celebration in 1972.

Oregon's Juneteenth celebration includes a parade, music performances, food, art, and other commmunity festivities!

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49th Annual Juneteenth Oregon 2021

Airs at: Sat, 06/19/2021 at 1:00pm - 7:00pm
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The 49th Annual Juneteenth Oregon Celebration will be live streaming from the Jack London Revue on June 19th, from 1 to 7 PM! In collaboration with PDX Jazz, Juneteenth Oregon will bring you music, art, and entertainment to celebrate Juneteenth's recognition as an official ... Read more