By: Sarah Wilsman, Education Content Specialist 

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery. Held annually on June 19th, the holiday celebrates African-American heritage and is recognized in most states with events and parades.

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a combination of the words “June” and “nineteenth,” in honor of the day that Major General Granger announced the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865.

Today, while Juneteenth remains a celebration of historical emancipation it also recognizes the ongoing struggle for civil rights in our country. On Juneteenth communities and families gather for reflection and celebration of African-American heritage.

Here’s a list of titles that explore the hard fought battle for freedom of all Americans. Celebrate freedom today! If you are interested in learning more about the holiday, here’s an informative article from PBS.