Today most states and the District of Columbia have legislation to observe or celebrate the end of slavery on this day (see the Juneteenth Fact Sheet), and there is currently a Bill waiting to be signed by the President this Thursday afternoon (June 17th, 2021) that would make Juneteenth a Federal holiday.
To commemorate the day, the Research Library presents the recently updated Juneteenth resource guide, which includes:
- Historical documents, articles, books, and videos on the history of Juneteenth.
- An audio collection of stories from people who were freed from slavery and written first-person accounts of slavery collected by the Library of Congress.
- Links to Federal and State legislative documents regarding the observation and celebration of Juneteenth.
Feature image caption: Juneteenth Celebration in Emancipation Park in Houston’s Fourth Ward 1880.