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Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, is “the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863″ (from

Juneteenth is a time to gather with family and community, honor the present and reflect on shared history and tradition. Discover the tastes, sounds and experiences of this African American cultural tradition. (National Museum of African American Culture and History) As of June 17, 2021, Juneteenth is a Federal Holiday.

2022 is Juneteenth Oregon’s 50th Year Anniversary. is a good source of information on the holiday. You can also learn more in this entry about Juneteenth in the Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice or through other resources about Juneteenth in Credo Reference.


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On Juneteenth, Annette Gordon-Reed (ebook)
A commemoration of Juneteenth and the fraught legacies of slavery that still persist, On Juneteenth is stark reminder that the fight for equality is ongoing.

Let’s celebrate Emancipation Day & Juneteenth, Barbara DeRubertis
Every year on both Emancipation Day and Juneteenth we honor and continue their fight for freedom and equality.

Remembering Black Voices on Juneteenth
A series of 6 interactive slides. Set up your personal subscription to the through PCC Library to view this resource.