Juneteenth: A Reading list

June 15, 2022

Juneteenth: A Reading ListJuneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, and informed enslaved people there that they were free, some two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln put into effect the Emancipation Proclamation. Sometimes called Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, the holiday has a rich history of celebration, remembrance and education that is continuing today on a larger, national scale. VCU News asked faculty, including the English Department's very own Shermaine Jones and Shelli Fowler, to suggest books that help readers understand and celebrate Juneteenth and all that it represents. To get their recommendations please see the article in VCU News.