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The event will include participation from the government's new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

The Wilsonville government announced Thursday, June 3, that it will host a celebration commemorating Juneteenth — the day the last American slaves in Texas were informed they were free from forced servitude in 1865 — 10 a.m. Saturday, June 19, in Town Center Park.

Members of the city's new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and the Wilsonville Alliance for Inclusive Communities will speak at the event and DEI committee member Imran Haider will serve as the host. The event is free and open to the public.

"We're providing what we hope becomes an annual opportunity for community members to gather in celebration and reflection," City Manager Bryan Cosgrove said in a news release.

Though President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, slaves in Texas didn't know about it until Major Gen. Gordan Granger's regiment arrived in Galveston, Texas, two years later because there weren't enough Union troops in the state to enforce the order.

This will be the first year the city has celebrated Juneteenth. During the application process for the DEI committee, some members hoped to see the city further embrace a diverse slate of holidays.


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