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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