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What is Juneteenth?

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.

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Oregon Multicultural Archives: African American People and Culture

  • Extensive list of manuscript collections, databases,and  African American history in Oregon and at OSU
  • Oregon Multicultural Archives (OMA) assists in preserving histories and sharing the stories that document Oregon's African American, Asian American, Latino/a, and Native American communities.

University of Oregon Black History Resources List

  • Collection of resources available through the University of Oregon Libraries, including databases, articles, youtube videos and materials and articles from Special Collections

  • Collection of resources on African American History 
  • Full text primary documents and major speeches from the 18th Century to the present
  • Links to websites that address the global history of people of African ancestry including major black museums and archival research centers in the United States and Canada.

Oregon Black Pioneers

  • Historical society dedicated to researching, preserving, and presenting the African American history of Oregon
  • Hosts resources such as lesson plans, historical maps, presentations, and podcasts that address Oregon's Black History