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Juneteenth Resources

On June 19, 1865, two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people were freed. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. Our librarians have curated an in-person book display in the libraries along with a virtual bookshelf to celebrate the holiday. We've also created a Juneteenth guide for further reading.


book cover for On Juneteenth

On Juneteenth

Annette Gordon-Reed

book cover for Island of Color

Island of Color: Where Juneteenth Started

Izola Ethel Fedford Collins

book cover for Juneteenth Texas

Juneteenth Texas: Essays in African-American Folklore

Francis E. Abernethy, Patrick B. Mullen, and Alan B. Govenar

book cover for The Emancipation Proclamation

The Emancipation Proclamation

John Hope Franklin