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"Black community leaders in Oregon issued this embossed invitation in late 1868 to raise public awareness about the “Grand Emancipation Celebration,” scheduled for January 1, 1869. The event commemorated the sixth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, which freed slaves in confederate-held areas of the South during the Civil War."
- Written by Melinda Jette, © Oregon Historical Society, 2003. Read more about this at Oregon Historical Society
Juneteenth, a combination of June and nineteen, is a holiday celebrating June 19th,1865 when enslaved people in Galveston Texas found out two years after the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued that they were free. Although the ratification of the 13th amendment in December later that year made slavery illegal, June 19th was when the last of the Confederate states were told of the proclamation.
Oregon Multicultural Archives: African American People and Culture
University of Oregon Black History Resources List
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