By Ashley Berry, HQ, 06/19/2022
Growing up in Texas, Juneteenth was celebrated in my community each summer with parades, picnics, and reflection. Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. The roots of this holiday are traced to Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865 when African Americans there received news that they were free.
On this Juneteenth, I encourage all of you to reflect on our nation’s past. Below you will find links to clips, books, and more that will break down the significance of Juneteenth and ground you in the history of the Civil War and Reconstruction.
- The History and Meaning of Juneteenth
- Stony the Road by Henry L. Gates
- Juneteenth: What You Need to Know
- Becoming a National Holiday
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Events (shows, art museums, etc.)
- The Taste, Sounds and Experiences of Juneteenth Are Celebrated With an Array of Events at the National Museum of African American History and Culture
For events near you check local news sources for celebrations that are open to the public
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