Celebrate Juneteenth with the Library

June 11th, 2021

Celebrate Juneteenth with the Library


Juneteenth is celebrated every year to commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States. While the enslaved were declared free under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation, it wasn’t until June 19, 1865 that the last enslaved Americans were notified. On that day, federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, bringing the news of their freedom.

Also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, or Emancipation Day, Juneteenth is a day to celebrate African American history and culture through education, economic development, and sharing stories with our children, family and friends. This year, celebrate Juneteenth with the Library by reading or watching these recommended titles, or attending a program to learn about the meaning of this important day.


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 Adult

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

Watch on Kanopy

African Americans after Reconstruction
Reconstruction and the Freedman’s Bureau
Civil War: Promise of Reconstruction
Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle
The Untold West: The Black West
Goin’ to Chicago: Personal Stories of the Great African American Migration

More Juneteenth watches on Kanopy here


What is Juneteenth?
Friday, June 18, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
What is Juneteenth? Find out what newly freed men and women did when emancipation came in this virtual presentation for youth from local historian and educator Gaynell Brady.
Sponsored by the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library.

To help celebrate, educate and share in the African American experience during Juneteenth and beyond, visit the African American Resource Collection, located on the first floor of Main Library.

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