The Victoria Mansion, also known as the Morse-Libby House, is a landmark example of American residential architecture in downtown Portland. Felix Lipov/

Victoria Mansion is waving admission fees on Wednesday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth, which was recognized as a federal holiday in 2021.

Juneeteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S.

At noon on the lawn of the mansion, the Emancipation Proclamation will be read by local actors. The document was first recited on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas.

The 27 individuals who were enslaved by mansion owners Ruggles and Olive Morse in New Orleans will be honored during the ceremony.

Although admission is free, it’s recommended to make a reservation. Visit for complete details.

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