Celebrate Freedom on Juneteenth

June 19 marks the anniversary of Juneteenth, the day in 1865 when enslaved people in Texas finally learned they were free, two-and-a-half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

“In amazement and disbelief, the 250,000 former slaves in Texas learned that they had been freed by the Emancipation Proclamation, which could not be enforced until the war was over... Shocked, disoriented, most likely fearful of an uncertain future in which they could do as they pleased, the liberated slaves of Texas celebrated. Their moment of jubilee was spontaneous and ecstatic and began a tradition of marking freedom on Juneteenth” (Smithsonian Magazine).

Juneteenth became a federal holiday on June 17, 2021 (VOA).

Learn more about Juneteenth and join the celebration with these lists and other resources.

Library Events

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Community Events


Juneteenth Is – Bursting with gorgeous art, a young girl contemplates what Juneteenth means to her, her family, and her community.

The Juneteenth Cookbook: Recipes And Activities For Kids And Families To Celebrate - This inviting cookbook introduces the history of Juneteenth to kids through vibrant recipes, activities, and games drawn from Black American cultural traditions.

Watermelon & Red Birds – This gorgeous cookbook by food writer and cookbook author Nicole A. Taylor celebrates Juneteenth with delicious recipes drawn from her decade of personal experiences observing the holiday.

On Juneteenth - The essential, sweeping story of Juneteenth's integral importance to American history, as told by a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Texas native. 

Online Resources

  • Juneteenth - a curated selection of streaming movies in Kanopy.
  • Black Freedom Struggle - browse primary source documents from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom.

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