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"A portmanteau of “June” and “nineteenth,” Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when a group of enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, finally learned that they were free from the institution of slavery. But, woefully, this was almost two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation; the Civil War was still going on, and when it ended, Union Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger traveled to Texas and issued an order stating that all enslaved people were free, establishing a new relationship between “former masters and slaves” as “employer and hired labor.” As much as Juneteenth represents freedom, it also represents how emancipation was tragically delayed for enslaved people in the deepest reaches of the Confederacy." - "What is Juneteenth?" (Vox)

Transy Library's Guide to Anti-Racism Resources

Credit for guide layout and initial resource lists, as well as some wording, to the L.A. Beeghly Library at Juniata College

Juneteenth Resources

Juneteenth Resources

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This guide is intended as a starting point for educating yourself about Juneteenth and slavery in the United States. There are many other resources available online.

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.