It is one of the most significant dates in American history: June 19, 1865. That is the day that Union troops arriving in South Texas informed the community that slaves were free, two years after Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. The month and date got contracted to "Juneteenth" over the years, and the occasion is now observed in many communities around the country. Oregon Shakespeare Festival always puts on a joyous celebration.
We check in with this and other Juneteenth events around the region.