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2022 Juneteenth Oregon 50th Annual Celebration

Saturday, June 18, 2022 | 11:00 am - Sunday, June 19, 2022 | 6:00 pm

Free Community Event

Free Community Celebration!


Presented by Juneteenth Oregon

Produced by PDX Jazz

Lillis-Albina City Park | N. Flint @ N. Russell in NE Portland

Saturday June 18th | 12 pm – 7 pm

Sunday June 19th | 11 am – 6 pm

Live Entertainment – Vendors – Food – Kid’s Area


The festivities kick-off with the annual Parade on Saturday at 11am featuring Fire Chief Sara Boone as the Grand Marshall and Nikki Brown Clown, and commences at Safeway 5920 NE Martin Luther King Blvd (MLK) heading south down MLK them west on NE Russell St, ending at Lillis-Albina Park.

This free community event, will feature musical performances by:

SATURDAY JUNE  18 : 12pm – 7pm
Mic Capes
Rasheed Jamal

Exclusive DJ Set by Jumbo Is Dr.ama 

** Jay Electronica (will not be performing due to unforseen circumstances)


SUNDAY JUNE 19 : 11am – 6pm 

Mike Phillips
Liv Warfield
Tahirah Memory
DJ Doc Rock
Bridgecity Soul


The two-day event will also feature guests from the Miss JuneteenthOregon program which  provides education, tools, and resources to help youth build resilience, gain confidence and make positive life choices.

Juneteenth, also known as “Independence Day” or “Freedom Day”, commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery and the emancipation of African American slaves.

On September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation effectively ending slavery on January 1, 1863, however, the Proclamation had little effect in the State of Texas until two and half years later. It was on June 19, 1865, that Union General Gordon Granger read General Orders No. 3 to the people of Galveston, Texas:

“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaved are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.”

In 2021, Juneteenth became a federal holiday.


Juneteenth in Oregon

The celebration of Juneteenth Oregon dates back to 1945 when the late and beloved community leader, Clara Peoples, introduced the tradition from Muskogee, Oklahoma, to her co-workers at the Kaiser Shipyards in Portland. Upon moving to Portland in 1945, Clara Peoples was surprised to learn that the Juneteenth holiday was unknown in this part of the country.

Now in its 50th year, Clara helped to initiate Portland’s annual citywide Juneteenth celebration in 1972.

Juneteenth Oregon is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to connect and strengthen communities and share knowledge of the history of Juneteenth. This is a community-empowered festival. www.juneteenthor.com.

For additional information please contact:

Juneteenth Oregon | Jenelle Jack – info@juneteenthor.com


Saturday, June 18, 2022 | 11:00 am
Sunday, June 19, 2022 | 6:00 pm
Free Community Event
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Lillis Albina City Park
N. Flint @ N. Russell
Portland, OR 97227 United States
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