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5 Fun Facts About May 30 In Oregon History

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1. In 1854, Oregon became the first state to pass a law prohibiting slavery. Although Oregon was a free state, racial discrimination was widespread and continued for many years.

2. In 1912, the Oregon state flag was adopted. Designed by the daughter of a former governor, the flag features a blue background with a gold shield, an elk, and the state's motto, "She Flies With Her Own Wings."

3. In 1922, the Portland Rose Festival was first held. The festival has since become a popular event, featuring parades, carnivals, and the crowning of a Rose Queen.

4. In 1972, the Oregon Beach Bill was passed, guaranteeing public access to beaches along the state's 363 miles of coastline. This law makes Oregon's shoreline unique among other coastal states in the US.

5. In 2019, May 30 was declared "Giovanni's Day" in the city of Portland. This day honors Portland resident Giovanni Calzolari, who has been a beloved maintenance worker at the Portland Art Museum for over 25 years. The declaration was made in recognition of his dedication and service to the community.
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