Earlier today, July 9, 2020, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution to observe Juneteenth in the future.
Starting next year, all future June 19ths will be observed by Clackamas County government. This action does not extend to cities, municipalities, institutions or other businesses that work within Clackamas County, although the board encourages those bodies to observe the day.
The resolution text can be found below:
Whereas, Clackamas County acknowledges the discriminatory, traumatic and generational harm caused by 400 years of slavery.
Whereas, Juneteenth is the annual observation recognizing the Emancipation Proclamation, which occurred on January 1, 1863 but all remaining slaves in Texas received the news on June 19, 1865. On this day 42 states in the US including the District of Columbia commemorate the abolition of legal slavery which gave all slaves freedom and equal rights. This day is also known as Freedom Day and Emancipation Day and is honored in African American communities nationwide.
Whereas, Juneteenth is the oldest observed celebration commemorating the abolition of slavery in the United States today which celebrates the freedom and achievement of African Americans.
Whereas, Clackamas County is committed to promoting racial healing, reconciliation, restoration, justice and equitable opportunities of all people.
NOW THEREFORE, the Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners proclaims as follows:
- June 19th shall be a County holiday known as Juneteenth. The Board of County Commissioners encourages all residents, institutions, businesses and community groups to observe Juneteenth as a day of remembrance and celebration.