Juneteenth FreedomDay 19. June. 2022

Juneteenth Resources

Books and Journal Articles 

Amber Bailey, Days of Jubilee: Emancipation Day Celebrations in Chicago, 1853 to 1877 (Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, 2016) 

Diana Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross, A Black Women’s History of the United States (2020)   

Emily Blanck, Galveston on San Francisco Bay: Juneteenth in the Fillmore District, 1945-2016 (Western Historical Quarterly, 2019) 

Ta-Nehisi Coates, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy (2017) 

Edward T. Cotham, Juneteenth: The Story Behind the Celebration (2021) 

Annette Gordon-Reed, On Juneteenth (2021)   

Mitch Kachun, Festivals of Freedom: Memory and Meaning in African American Emancipation Celebrations, 1808-1915 (2003) 

Elizabeth Hayes Turner, Juneteenth: Emancipation and Memory (in Lone Star Pasts: Memory and History in Texas (2007)) 

William H. Wiggins, Jr., O Freedom!: Afro-American Emancipation Celebrations (1987) 

Deborah Willis & Barbara Krauthamer, Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery (2013) 

News and Magazine Articles 

Fabiola Cineas, Juneteenth, Explained (Vox, 2021) 

Kenya Hunter, The Juneteenth Flag, Explained (Vox, 2022) 

Kellie Carter Jackson, Black Joy—Not Corporate Acknowledgment—Is the Heart of Juneteenth (The Atlantic, 2020) 

Sharon Pruitt-Young, Slavery Didn’t End on Juneteenth. What You Should Know About This Important Day (NPR, 2021) 

Derrick Bryson Taylor, Juneteenth: The History of a New Holiday (New York Times, 2022) 


Austin PBS and KLRU, Juneteenth Jamboree  

KHOU11, Juneteenth:1865-2021  

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, Juneteenth: A Celebration of Resilience   


Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, Juneteenth, Senses of Freedom: The Taste, Sound, and Experience of an African American Celebration 

Teresa Palomo Acosta, Juneteenth (Handbook of Texas Online (updated June 2021)) 

The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth (Google Arts and Culture Story from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture) 

Primary Sources  

Emancipation Proclamation (National Archives)  

General Order 3 (National Archives)  

Joint Resolution Submitting 13th Amendment to the States; signed by Abraham Lincoln and Congress (Library of Congress)  

Act approved June 7, 1979, 66th Leg., R.S., ch. 481, Tex. Gen. Laws 1051 (declaration of Emancipation Day in Texas as a legal holiday)   

Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, Pub. L. No. 117-17, 135 Stat. 287 (2021) (establishing Juneteenth National Independence Day as a legal public holiday)