Juneteenth (officially Juneteenth National Independence Day) is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of African American slaves.
Juneteenth is a contraction of "June nineteenth," marking the day in 1865 abolishing slavery in Texas following the end of the Civil War. Annual celebrations of Juneteenth began the following year. Minnesota was the fourth state to officially recognize Juneteenth as a holiday.
Learn more about Juneteenth and check out other recommended books about the African American experience.
And check out this list of recommendations about the African American experience in Minnesota, selected by the Black History and Culture Team at the Hennepin County Library: