Abraham Lincoln made his Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, but the Civil War and slavery dragged on for two more years. It was not until June 19, 1865, that former slaves in Texas finally got word of their freedom.
The date is now remembered as "Juneteenth." The Oregon Shakepeare Festival observes Juneteenth every year, and this year the celebration is Monday, June 27th (an off-day for festival performers).
OSF Community Director Claudia Alick joins us with a preview of the event.