ASHLAND, Ore. -- The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) showcased African American history as a part of Juneteenth on Monday.
Hundreds of people gathered to watch the free event which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. "Current events continue to remind us of the importance of valuing African-American history and African-American contributions to African-American lives," Claudia Alick, the associate producer, said.
Organizers said they are proud of this year's program and they expected it to be emotional. "It's going to make us laugh," Alick said. "It's going to make us cry. I'm blown away by all of the contributions from our company members."
The show has been an annual event for over a decade at OSF, but Juneteenth has been celebrated since the 1800s nationally.
OSF focuses its Juneteenth celebration on education and achievement. OSF has a Juneteenth Scholarship Fund, which was created to help African American students attend the OSF's annual Summer Seminar for High School Juniors.