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Photo of a Juneteenth Celebration in Texas in 1900 from the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“Juneteenth marks our country’s second independence day. Though it has long been celebrated among the African American community, it is a history that has been marginalized and still remains largely unknown to the wider public. The legacy of Juneteenth shows the value of deep hope and urgent organizing in uncertain times.” – National Museum of African American History and Culture

Learn more by watching this video of the Museum’s Founding Director, Lonnie Bunch III, guiding you through their Slavery and Freedom exhibition to celebrate Juneteenth.

Here is a Juneteenth reading list of titles available through our These titles are all available through our Overdrive and Hoopla services. Get started at or click each title.


Juneteenth by Vaunda Micheaux

Come Juneteenth by Ann Rinaldi

Let’s Celebrate Emancipation Day and Juneteenth by Barbara Derubertis

Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper


Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson

Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

Learn More

10 Books for Juneteenth by Black and Bookish

Juneteenth Booklist from Book Riot

Juneteenth Reading List from the Chicago Public Library

NMAAHC’s Visual History of Juneteenth

Celebrating Juneteenth with the NMAAHC

Celebrating Juneteenth with the Library of Congress

What is Juneteenth from PBS

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