Rogue Valley Juneteenth Celebration Takes Shape As Oregon Declares A Holiday
June 19th, the date on which Union troops informed former slaves in Texas that they were free, long after the South surrendered. It is a day for a big celebration in Oregon as well as across the country.
Starting next year, Juneteenth will be a legal holiday in Oregon, thanks to a law passed unanimously in the Legislature.
BASE Southern Oregon (Black Alliance & Social Empowerment) observes Juneteenth this year with a gathering at Pear Blossom Park in the heart of Medford.
Jessica Freedman and Cassondra Smith from the organizing team talk about plans for the event, this year and in the future.