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New Orleans Public Library's Juneteenth book recommendations

Curtis Macken

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Juneteenth is an annual celebration to commemorate the ending of American slavery in the United States.

The enslaved were declared free under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation. On June 19, 1865, the federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, bringing the news of their freedom from slavery.

Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, or Emancipation Day. It is a day to celebrate African American history and culture through education and economic development.

The New Orleans Public Library wants to celebrate this important day by sharing stories with our friends and family.

Here are some recommended titles to learn more about the meaning of Juneteenth, sorted by category:

- Adults

Conjure Woman by Afia Atakora

Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the end of Slavery by Deborah Willis

Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction by Eric Foner

Grace: A Novel by Natashia Deon

A Slave No More by David W. Blight

She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed

- Young Adults

Come Juneteenth by Ann Rinaldi

Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper

Jefferson’s Sons: A Founding Father’s Secret Children by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Crossing Ebenezer Creek by Tanya Bolden

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

- Children

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

Juneteenth for Maizie by Cooper Floyd

Juneteenth Jamboree by Carole Boston Weatherford

Juneteenth by Denise M. Jordan

Traditional African American Arts and Activities by Sonya Kimble-Ellis

Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation by Patrice Sherman

For more Juneteenth programs, books, and movies on Kanopy, visit this link and this link.

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