Juneteenth 2022

This month we are highlighting Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the emancipation of African Americans. This event is the anniversary of the news of emancipation reaching enslaved peoples in Texas after the Civil War. Juneteenth originated in Galveston, and was recognized as a federal holiday in 2021.

Juneteenth is celebrated locally through organizations such as GCCMA, which is hosting a Juneteenth celebration on June 18 at 11 a.m. at the Community Center in San Gabriel Park.

Juneteenth Activities at the Library

  • A story walk in the kid’s room of the book “Opal Lee and What it Means to be Free” by Alice Faye Duncan from June 12-19
  • Shoebox parade: stop by the circulation desk staring June 3 to pick up a shoebox and decorate it to make your own Juneteenth float! Each box comes with construction and crepe paper to help get your float started. A backdrop is available at the circulation desk to take a picture of your Juneteenth float, which you can email to library.marketing@georgetown.org.

  • Parade floats will be featured on Library social media on June 18.
  • A short display of the history of Juneteenth in Georgetown will be at the end of the story walk

Juneteenth Links