Juneteenth celebration to be held in downtown Medford for first time Saturday

MEDFORD, Ore —  Downtown Medford will be the host to the first ever Juneteenth celebration this Saturday.

Black Alliance & Social Empowerment (BASE), is holding the event at Pear Blossom Park.

“We’re really looking to make this a really inclusive Juneteenth celebration,” Jessica Freedman, member of BASE told NBC5. ” “This will be one that will bring in a lot of people not only from all of the corners of the black community, but also across the Rogue Valley.”

Freedman says there will numerous activities for both adults and children Saturday. Black-owned vendors, musical artists and guest speakers will also be in attendance.

“We want everyone to come out, we expect everyone come out,” Freedman said. “I think this is something not to be celebrated by just black people, it should be celebrated by all people.” 


Juneteenth commemorates the official end to slavery on June 19th 1865.  US General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas to read General Orders No. 3. Granger informed people of the emancipation proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln two years prior – freeing slaves. The last enslaved people were in Texas.

President Joe Biden officially recognized Juneteenth as the 11th federal holiday in the United States during a signing Thursday.

The Juneteenth event will be start at 11:00 a.m. and will go until 5:00 p.m.


Anthony Carter is a reporter for NBC5 News. He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2019. Anthony started his career as a print journalist, covering New York sports and the NBA Draft. He then started his own sports podcast and website covering the Arena Football League. Anthony moved to the Rogue Valley in 2019 as a news producer before joining the NBC5 News family. Anthony likes to workout at the gym, play basketball, and root for his Atlanta Hawks and New York Jets. Want to connect with Anthony? send him an email: [email protected]
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