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:
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
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
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