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This guide has been created as a companion for the MCPHS Juneteenth events and to share resources about Juneteenth.

What is Juneteenth?

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"Juneteenth, an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, has been celebrated by African-Americans since the late 1800s.  On June 19, 1865, about two months after the Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Va., Gordon Granger, a Union general, arrived in Galveston, Texas, to inform enslaved African-Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. General Granger’s announcement put into effect the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued more than two and a half years earlier on Jan. 1, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln. The holiday received its name by combining June and 19. The day is also sometimes called 'Juneteenth Independence Day,' 'Freedom Day' or 'Emancipation Day.'"

--Derrick Bryson Taylor, What is Juneteenth?, The New York Times

Important Note

On this guide we have included some resources that we recommend, but are not available at MCPHS.  We have set up the link for these items to redirect to WorldCat so you can find it at your local library!


Juneteenth Texas
Four Hundred Souls
The 1619 Project
Envisioning Emancipation
Festivals of Freedom
Stony the Road
How the Word Is Passed
On Juneteenth
A Black Women's History of the United States
The Warmth of Other Suns
The Fire Next Time
We Were Eight Years in Power
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Sweet Taste of Liberty

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