Photo above by Jenny Graham
Juneteenth (June 19th) was first celebrated in 1865 in Galveston, Texas when enslaved Black-Americans learned of the abolition of slavery through the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been signed nearly two and a half years before in 1863. Juneteenth commemorates Black-American freedom and highlights accomplishments and education. Observations range from small gatherings to community-wide events and parades. In Oregon, the Juneteenth Celebration was founded by community leader, Clara Peoples, in 1945.