“Every year on June 19, we celebrate ‘Juneteenth’ to honor the day that the enslaved people in Galveston, Texas were informed of the end of the brutal Civil War and the beginning of their freedom in 1865. This day was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had become official on January 1, 1863.” – Congressional Black Caucus, 2020
America250 is dedicated to uplifting all American history and is proud to amplify the activities of its partners and friends for this year’s Juneteenth celebrations. We invite you to explore the roundup of free virtual programs and resources below:
“Juneteenth” by Noah Griffin of America250
Enjoy America250 Commissioner Noah Griffin deliver a moving recitation of his poem “Juneteenth,” to commemorate the end of slavery and the experiences of his great grandfather, Richard Bradley Boards. Watch it here.
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
From music to genealogy, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has a day packed with virtual programs starting at 10 am. Explore here.
Watch this year’s Juneteenth Jamboree and episodes of years past.
National Park Service
Browse the National Park Service’s collection of articles and resources about Juneteenth and more significant moments in African American history.
Library of Congress
Read this “Celebrating Juneteenth” blog and give a listen to the “Voices from the Days of Slavery” interviews.
American Battlefield Trust
Brush up on your Juneteenth knowledge with this American Battlefield Trust article and fact sheet.