Juneteenth, the too-often-overlooked June 19 holiday, celebrates the day in 1865 when Union soldiers, led by Major Gen. Gordon Granger, arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended and slaves were now free.
Granted, the news took over two-and-a-half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation because the proclamation was made during the Civil War.
The order itself was ignored by Confederate states and it wasn’t until the end of the war that the executive order was enforced by the South.
Thus, a celebration of freedom was recognized by all African Americans that slavery had finally ended.
Freedom was finally here.
In the Oregon area, teams and players from the Blazers, Seahawks, Ducks, and Beavers are all taking the steps today to commemorate and celebrate the holiday: