Join the Scott County Public Library on Facebook Live on June 19th for a Juneteenth celebration with help from Youth Services Library Assistant, Yolanda. This Books & Craft virtual event will help illustrate the history of Juneteenth for all ages.
Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom to help remember the history of slavery in the United States. This commemoration recognizes the abolition of slavery finally announced in Texas in 1865, two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation on January 1st, 1863.
To further explore the history of Juneteenth and the persevering efforts for civil rights, discover these book titles and many more at the Scott County Public Library.
Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison
Shot on the Senate floor by a young Black man, a dying racist senator summons an elderly Black Baptist minister from Oklahoma to his side for a remarkable dialogue that reveals the deeply buried secrets of their shared past and the tragedy that reunites them.
All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson
Through the eyes of one little girl, All Different Now tells the story of the first Juneteenth, the day freedom finally came to the last of the slaves in the South. This stunning picture book includes notes from the author and illustrator, a timeline of important dates, and a glossary of relevant terms.
Juneteenth by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack
On June 19, 1865 – two years after the Emancipation Proclamation – Galveston, Texas became the last place in the country to learn the slaves were free. Today, Juneteenth is a joyful occasion with parades, speeches, music, and more! This engaging book teaches the fascinating origins and traditions of Juneteenth, honoring the freedom of African Americans.
For more information on how to join our Juneteenth virtual event, click here. And, for any questions, please call us at: (502) 863-3566