Celebrating Juneteenth

Hi Everyone – In observance of Juneteenth, I put together this list of reading suggestions for our library patrons and thought I’d share it here too. I’ve read several of these books and have added a bunch to my list. Thanks for reading!

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On Saturday, June 19, states across the country will recognize Juneteenth and celebrate the end of slavery in America.

What is the history of this observance, which is separate from the Emancipation Proclamation and not yet a federal holiday?

Juneteenth is a day of observance, celebrating Black freedom and culture. The end of slavery began on January 1, 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, but in many states, news traveled slowly and Black Americans were not immediately freed. This was especially true in Texas, the most distant state.

Juneteenth refers to June 19, 1865, when General Gordon Granger, from the Union army, arrived in Galveston, Texas and demanded that enslaved Blacks be set free. Upon hearing the news, Black Americans celebrated their freedom and new rights, including buying land. Slavery was officially abolished in 1965 when the 13th Amendment was ratified.

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20 thoughts on “Celebrating Juneteenth

  1. Thanks for a refresher on the meaning of Juneteenth, Barbara!

    Thanks be to a Union general in 1865 and the ratification of the 13th Amendment in 1965, markers along the fraught path of freedom for our brothers and sisters.

    1. Hi Ally – yes I was also glad to see it’s now a federal holiday. When I wrote the post for work, the announcement hadn’t yet been made, then I happily updated it – very timely! Thank you for reading and commenting.

  2. Thanks for this reminder, Barbara, and your wonderful list. I’ve read Invisible Man and Underground Railroad, but there are so many other great books you’ve shared that I’d like to read.

  3. I’ve travelled frequently within the US for work and pleasure but never heard of this commemorative day. How is the day marked usually – quietly or are there rallies, speeches etc?

    1. Hi and thanks for stopping by – this is a newly recognized federal holiday (President Biden just announced this week). A day of observance and celebration. I’m looking forward to seeing how it’s celebrated nationally in the coming years.

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