6.19.2015

Happy Juneteenth! - Celebrating the 150th Anniversary

June 19, 2015 is the 150th anniversary of the day Union soldiers arrived in Texas to announce that slavery had ended.  This historic occasion took place more than two years after Abraham Lincoln gave his Emancipation Proclamation.

Learn more about the history of this important occasion by visiting Juneteenth.com, Smithsonian Magazine, and the Texas State Historical Association.  Then take a virtual visit to the Library of Congress to see some primary documents about the day.

Help children gain some insight about the day by sharing the book All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson.

After building background knowledge, find out if there is a Juneteenth event taking place in your neighborhood, or check out these ideas for creating your own commemoration.