Published: June 14, 2022

Juneteenth is a celebration of the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans, marking the date, June 19, 1865, when Union Army General Gordon Granger read aloud the Emancipation Proclamation in the city of Galveston, Texas. This date is often referred to as Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day, Freedom Day and Black Independence Day.

The University Libraries has created a guide to help you learn more about the historical context and relevance of this commemoration, along with ideas for celebrating Juneteenth at home.

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