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For the first time, Juneteenth is a state holiday in Oregon

A sign at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany directs attendees to a Juneteenth event on Saturday, June 18. The annual celebration of the end of slavery is a state holiday in Oregon for the first time in 2022. (JULIA SHUMWAY/Oregon Capital Chronicle)

A national celebration of the end of slavery that has its Oregon roots in a shipyard in the 1940s will be a state holiday for the first time this year.

For more than 150 years, African-American communities have celebrated June . . .