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"On June 19, 1865 — months after the Civil War ended and more than 2 years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing enslaved people — Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to free 250,000 people still held in bondage.  The arrival of Major General Gordon Granger and his troops signaled that the Federal Government would not relent until the last enslaved people in America were free" (White House, 2023).

White House. (2023, June 16). A Proclamation On Juneteenth Day Of Observance, 2023 [Presidential action].

The Meaning and Importance of Juneteenth

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Ralph Ellison's Juneteenth

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Juneteenth - Podcasts

Juneteenth - Videos


This LibGuide was co-created by Amy Harth, PhD, Assistant National Dean of Accreditation and Academic Quality, and by Joe Louderback, MLS, Reference and Instruction Librarian, as part of an ongoing series to reflect DeVry University’s commitment to, and celebration of, diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.


Signing of Law Honoring Juneteenth, Boston, June 16, 2007. 

Deval Patrick (center-right), governor of Massachusetts, hands over a bill he signed into law to honor Juneteenth, a commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. State Senator Dianne Wilkerson (left), and State Representatives Willie Mae Allen (center-left) and Gloria Fox (right), lead sponsor of the bill, applaud the legislative acknowledgment of the ritual of Juneteenth. AP IMAGES/LISA POOLE.