Juneteenth: Celebrating Freedom


JuneteenthJuneteenth is celebrated on Saturday, June 19, 2021 to commemorate the ending of slavery. Below we list some titles that can help you learn more about slave history and the fight to end it. Click on each title to find it in our catalog:

Adult Fiction

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Kindred by Octavia Butler

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

Cane River by Lalita Tandemy

Adult Nonfiction

Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley

On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed

A Question of Freedom: The families who challenged slavery from the nation’s founding to the Civil War by William G. Thomas III

Youth & Teen

Nightjohn by Gary Paulsen

I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly by Joyce Hansen

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

All Different Now: Juneteenth, the first day of freedom by Angela Johnson

Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper

Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper

Freedom Over Me: Eleven slaves, their lives and dreams brought to life by Ashley Bryan

Silent Thunder by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

To Be a Slave by Julius Lester

Movies and Television

The Book of Negros (TV Series)

12 Years a Slave (Movie)

Roots (TV Series 2016)

Roots (TV Series 2007)

Harriet (Movie)