Resources to support education for all ages and information about local events!
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilation Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. The holiday marks the official freeing of enslaved people on June 19, 1865. On June 17, 2021, President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law. Throughout history and into the 21st-century celebrations have included prayer and religious services, speeches, educational events, family gatherings and picnics, and festivals. As you consider how you will recognize, learn about, and celebrate this national holiday consider our list of children’s books, websites to explore, and podcasts to listen to, along with Rochester Area events and celebrations to enjoy with your children and families.
For young children
Juneteenth: A Children’s Story
Written by: Opal Lee
Illustrated by: Peter Viska
Opal Lee and What It Means To Be Free: The True Story of the Grandmother of Juneteenth
Written by: Alice Faye Duncan Keturah A. Bobo
Illustrated by: Keturah A. Bobo
Juneteenth for Mazie
Written and Illustrated by: Floyd Gooper
Websites to explore
Podcasts to listen to