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Celebrating Juneteenth

Juneteenth is a hybrid of the words June and nineteenth. June 19th marks the emancipation from slavery in the U.S, dating back to 1865 when Major General Gordon Granger announced the end of the Civil War and the emancipation from slavery. This was two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

General Orders, No. 3. U.S. House, 54th Congress, 1st Session (H. Doc. 369, Part 2). “General Order Number 3,” 1896. U.S. Documents Collection. Y 1.1/2: SERIAL 3437

The U.S. National Archives holds the original 1865 handwritten order that informed those in Texas that all enslaved people that they were free. The archive is now in the process of digitizing the order and making it available in the National Archives Catalog.

Curriculum Books (Children's/YA)

Celebrate fiction and nonfiction by African American authors that continue to shape our culture, celebrate liberation, and acknowledge the ongoing work towards freedom and equality, still necessary over 150 years later.