Salem-Keizer NAACP offering cash award for Juneteenth essay contest

Local students could win a cash prize for participating in an essay contest put on by the Salem-Keizer NAACP.

The civil rights organization is sponsoring a Juneteenth essay contest and recently extended the deadline to June 10, according to an email.

Juneteenth, celebrated June 19, celebrates the end of slavery in the U.S. It's recognized on the day a Union general landed in Galveston, Texas and told slaves they were . . .

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