Never heard of Juneteenth? Here’s Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discussing how this day came to honor the emancipation of enslaved blacks in the United States after the end of the Civil War in 1865. Texas declared June 19th a holiday back in 1979 and this day came to be celebrated as “Freedom Day” or “Juneteenth.”
To read more about the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of slavery, there are plenty of great resources, including books, in the library. Don’t hesitate to ask a librarian to help you!