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A guide to the history of Juneteenth, ways to observe the holiday, and resources for learning more from the DI Library

About This Guide

This guide was created to provide students with resources related to Juneteenth. Navigate this guide using the topics on the left.

About Juneteenth

Juneteenth began as an emancipation celebration in Texas commemorating the emancipation of African Americans in Texas in 1865. Observance of the holiday has spread throughout the country, spurred by the Civil Rights Movement and again by current activism regarding systemic racism.

We invite you to use this guide as a starting point for educating yourself about Juneteenth and the history of slavery in the United States. We hope it will help you meaningfully observe the holiday.

If you have any questions about a resource that you've found, you can contact a librarian and they will help you assess the source.