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!
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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