Juneteenth is said to be the oldest African American celebration of emancipation from slavery. The news of emancipation moved slowly and didn't arrive in Texas until June 19, 1865, about two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth has been remembered and celebrated as a holiday since the first public Juneteenth events in 1866.
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. Thanks to our celebration partners:
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 17.
Learn more about Juneteenth and emancipation through Minneapolis Central Library's Huttner Collection and books you can check out from your library: