On Monday, February 20 (Presidents Day), Hennepin County libraries are closed.
Although Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865 to effectively end the Civil War, Confederate forces in Texas didn’t surrender until June 2, 1865. Consequently, news of the emancipation of the slaves was delayed in Texas until the U.S. Army arrived and announced “General Order No. 3,” on June 19, 1865 at Galveston Island. The announcement is celebrated around June 19 in Texas and nationally as Juneteenth.
Hennepin County Library is celebrating Juneteenth at three libraries this June:
Celebrate this important moment in African-American history in a family-friendly festival. Engage in crafts, cultural demonstrations, storytelling, singing, drumming, theater and more! ASL interpreters will be present.
Interactive and performance art led by:
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
The Twin Cities Juneteenth Celebration will take place on Saturday, June 18.
Learn more about Juneteenth and emancipation through Minneapolis Central Library's Huttner Collection and books you can check out from your library: