Published: June 18, 2020

University Libraries personnel have created a resource guide to celebrate Juneteenth.

Juneteenth Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900, Texas.

Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900. (Photo/Mrs. Charles "Grace Murray" Stephenson)

Historically, Juneteenth has been celebrated by Black Americans as a symbol of their emancipation on June 19, 1865, two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation declared all persons held as slaves in the U.S. shall be forever free.

“Juneteenth is a celebration deeply founded in community," said Frederick Carey, history and philosophy librarian. "Unfortunately, under current health and safety measures, it is harder to celebrate in traditional ways. We hope that the resources in this guide present an opportunity to engage in community and bring celebration to individuals and families in a safe way.”

This guide to Juneteenth offers information on local and virtual events, digital projects, resources for learning more and ways to celebrate at home.