Juneteenth

Juneteenth 2009

Juneteenth 2009, by the COM Library, via flickr

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

  • Juneteenth.com — Learn more about this special day and how it is celebrated around the country and even around the world.
  • History of Juneteenth — from the Electronic Village.com
  • Juneteenth — An article by Caitlin Helfrich for InfoPlease
  • Juneteenth — A brief explanation of Juneteenth from the Texas State Library
  • Juneteenth: Celebrating Freedom Delayed — “NPR’s Karen Grigsby Bates reports on a Los Angeles celebration of “Juneteenth,” a day recognizing the moment when African-American slaves in Texas got word of the Emancipation Proclamation — but nearly two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed it into law.”
  • National Juneteenth Observance Foundation — Find out more about the effort to make Juneteenth a national holiday