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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.

On Saturday (June 20), watch the 155th Juneteenth Livestream Event on Facebook and Instagram featuring live music and speakers.

The Talented X invites all people to come together for this Juneteenth Jamboree and show solidarity in support of Black musicians, artists, and business owners in Portland.

This significant day, while recognized as a state holiday in 47 states (including Oregon) and in the District of Columbia, is not yet a federal holiday. Join over 280K people in calling for national recognition.