Celebrating Juneteenth In The Willamette Valley

With the passage of House Bill 2168, Oregon has taken steps toward establishing Juneteenth as a state-recognized holiday; we hope that, someday soon, it becomes a federal holiday.

We at the Willamette Valley Visitors Association recognize that the Emancipation Proclamation alone did not grant freedom to all in our country. Two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was enacted, on June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Texas to inform enslaved African-Americans the Civil War had ended and that they were free.

Yet we wanted to mark the occasion with a page honoring Juneteenth—complete with a Juneteenth timeline going back to 1865, ideas for celebrating, and resources for learning more. 

Juneteenth Timeline

We have partnered with Clinton Street Consulting, who created the below informative resource on ways your business can take action in support of Juneteenth (June 19, 2021). Click the below image to access the PDF for full use of linked URLs in the image.

Juneteenth Resources

These resources can offer background information and context on Juneteenth:

Video: This short video from History.com looks at how President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation—and its implications on the Civil War.

Audio interview: Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed discusses Juneteenth, the legacy of slavery, and more on NPR’s “Fresh Air” in this 41-minute interview.

Book: Annette Gordon-Reed’s On Juneteenth looks at the origins of Juneteenth and the hardships that Black Americans have endured in the century since.

Podcast: This New York Times podcast looks at the history and meaning of Juneteenth—and grapples with what freedom means in the modern-day United States..

Juneteenth Events in the Willamette Valley

Businesses throughout the Willamette Valley are hosting events in honor of Juneteenth. Here’s how (and where) to celebrate in 2021:

June 4-11: The NAACP Corvallis/Albany is hosting a scavenger hunt (running June 4-11) that inspires participants to learn more about Black pioneers and discover artifacts in the Corvallis-Albany communities.

June 5: The NAACP Corvallis/Albany is hosting a virtual Juneteenth wrap-up event from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; the event will include a keynote from Lakayana Drury, executive director of Word is Bond, a Portland-based nonprofit whose mission is to change the narrative between young Black men and law enforcement.

If you’d like to submit a Juneteenth event to be featured on this page, please email stories@oregonwinecountry.org.