June 19 marks another of this year’s important 150th anniversaries. On this date in 1865, Union soliders brought news to Texas that the Civil War was over and that those who had been slaves were free. The date came to be celebrated as Juneteenth.
You can find nonfiction books about the holiday at the library, and some picture books have also recently been published:
All Different Now by Angela Johnson
In 1865, members of a family start their day as slaves, working in a Texas cotton field, and end it celebrating their freedom on what came to be known as Juneteenth.
Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper
Mazie has a lot of ordinary kid frustrations about not being allowed to do what she would like, but her father explains what freedom really means in the story of Juneteenth, and how her ancestors celebrated their true freedom.