Celebrate Juneteenth!

June 18, 2020

Juneteenth is a holiday in the U.S that celebrates the anniversary of the day when Texas was forced to free their remaining slaves on June 19, 1865. This was more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by Abraham Lincoln.

It was first made an official Texas state holiday in 1979. But since then, people have begun to honor the day (also called Emancipation Day) all around the United States.

Juneteenth is a day for African Americans to honor their culture and history, as well as for non-African Americans to learn more about this significant day in our country, including why it took over two years for the news to get to Texas and how freed slaves were treated as a result. Above all, it’s a day meant for celebration, self-reflection, and understanding the truths of the past and the realities of the present.

If you’d like to learn more about this special holiday, check out this video or try a book from the library!


Picture Books & Young Readers

All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom
By Angela Johnson

Freedom’s Gifts
By Valerie Wesley

Juneteenth Jamboree
By Carole Boston Weatherford

Juneteenth for Mazie
By Floyd Cooper


Chapter Books / Teens

Come Juneteenth
By Ann Rinaldi

By Rachel Koestler-Grack

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom
By Charles Taylor

Juneteenth: Freedom Day
By Muriel Miller Branch

The Story of Juneteenth: An Interactive History Adventure
By Steven Otfinoski

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