Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) has historically been celebrated as the day U.S. federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to ensure that enslaved people there would be freed. In 1980, Texas became the first state to recognize Juneteenth as a holiday. Juneteenth, officially Juneteenth National Independence Day, became a U.S. federal holiday in 2021.

All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis
Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper
Let's Celebrate Emancipation Day & Juneteenth by Barbara deRubertis

The Story of Juneteenth: An Interactive History Adventure by Steven Otfinoski
Young Adult
Miss Juneteenth
Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates with Tonya Bolden
Daughters of Jubilation by Kara Lee Corthron
Daughters of Jubilation by Kara Lee Corthron (eBook)
On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed
How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith
Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison
Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Freedom edited by Ira Berlin, Marc Favreau, and Steven F. Miller

Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America by W. Caleb McDaniel