Juneteenth, an informal holiday that celebrates the end of American slavery, will be observed next week in Portland with a carnival, parade and other events.

The schedule, according to event co-organizer Lenora Hammick, is as follows:

• Noon to 11 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, June 22, carnival on the southern grounds of Legacy Emanuel Hospital & Health Center, 2801 N. Gantenbein St.

• 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, free ice cream social at the North Portland branch of the Multnomah County Library, 512 N. Killingsworth St.

• 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21, parade beginning at Bethel A.M.E. Church, 5828 N.E. Eighth Ave. Parade participants should gather at the church at noon, according to Hammick.

The parade will end at the carnival site, where Larry Matthews, owner of Yam Yam's Southern Cooking and Barbeque, will be host for his traditional Juneteenth barbecue.

One twist to the tradition this year: Matthews says there will be a minimal charge for the food. He provided free barbecue to 3,000 people at an out-of-pocket cost of $6,000 last year, he says.

Juneteenth memorializes June 19, 1865, when slaves in Texas learned that President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Declaration two years earlier.

Additional information is available from Hammick at 503-422-0014.

Janine Robben

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