Posted 06/17/2022  |  Back

This Sunday, June 19th, is Juneteenth,  and also known as, Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day, or Freedom Day.

The holiday commemorates the day in 1865 that the last enslaved African Americans held in Galveston, Texas learned of their freedom, two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

Long celebrated within the African-American community, the day is now a national holiday.

Check out the Library's Juneteenth ebookshelf featuring a selection of ebooks that focus on the stories of enslaved people in the United States and the fight for freedom at tiny.cc/JuneteenthEbookshelf