Gresham's Juneteenth event returns next month
Gresham's annual Juneteenth celebration will return next month with a community celebration to acknowledge the historical significance of the day, enjoy local music, dance, poetry and artwork, and bring together services for Rockwood residents.
Juneteenth — held on June 19 — honors the abolition of slavery in the United States and remembers those kept in chains until June 1865, despite the conclusion of the Civil War in April and the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation years earlier.
State and federal leaders have declared the day an official holiday, Gresham City Hall flies a Juneteenth flag every year, and Beyond Black CDC hosts its gathering.
The third annual Gresham Juneteenth event will be from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at Vance Park, 1400 S.W. 181st Ave. With grant funding from the city of Gresham's violence prevention program, a team of youths, ages 16 to 24, have been working to plan the all-day event, gather sponsorships, and ensure local families feel welcome during the holiday.
The event will have Gresham Mayor Travis Stovall read a proclamation, celebrated R&B vocalists Arietta and Nafasaria Ward performing, cultural dances and poetry, abstract paintings from Stanley Williams, and more.
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