Juneteenth (June 19) is the day federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to ensure all enslaved people be freed. This was 2-1/2 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, which is when they should have been freed. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States.

I learned about Juneteenth from the shows Blackish and Drunk History. Seeing these shows made me want to learn more so I asked the staff at the Kenton County Public Library to recommend a few books that we have in our collection. You can click on the book title to put the item on hold.

Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper








Juneteenth Jamboree by Carole Boston Weatherford








Freedom’s a-Callin Me by Ntozake Shange






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






Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison










Juneteenth by Emily Dolbear








On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed









There are a lot of other great resources in the Library collection. You can search the catalog here.

What other books would you recommend?

Written by: Gina Stegner, Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator

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