Juneteenth: An introduction & UNC resources

On June 19, 1865 – two years after the Emancipation Proclamation – Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, TX to enforce the previously declared abolition of slavery.

In recognition of this landmark event, Juneteenth was first established as a state holiday in Texas in 1980 and celebrates slavery’s end in the United States. Juneteenth is now celebrated in most states, including North Carolina, and it “celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.”

Here at the Stone Center Library, we encourage you to learn more about this holiday, the events surrounding emancipation, and African-American celebrations in general by recommending a few books to get you started:

Interested in learning more? Don’t forget our Guide to the Web, which includes a list of resources on Emancipation and Reconstruction. Happy reading!

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  1. Looking for area celebrations? Check out The International Civil Rights Center & Museum’s second annual Juneteenth Festival in Greensboro this SATURDAY, June 18 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Events include African drumming, a blues and jazz band, gospel singing, art activities for the children and more. Admission: $6 Adults, $4 Children. See the ICRCM’s facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/sitinmuseum.

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