Book Hunters in Brief #78: Juneteenth

I would guess that over the years I have driven or been driven past the big pink brick house with the wrought iron balcony that sits at 24th and Broadway in Galveston nearly a thousand times, and If I ever knew that on a muggy day in June 1865 a Union General had stepped out on that balcony and by reading a terse snatch of text with the very prosaic title, "General Order No. 3" freed the slaves of Texas, I have long since forgotten it.

The point of that little stroll down (faulty) memory lane, is that it is a odd fact of consciousness that if you see something enough times, you can easily cease to see it at all.

On this 150th anniversary of the celebration that has come to be called Juneteenth, Harris County Public Library's Book Hunters encourage to reacquaint yourself with the story behind it and the gravity of what it celebrates.

Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper

All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson

Juneteenth: a Novel by Ralph Ellison

Envisioning Emancipation by Deborah Willis

Island of Color by Izola Ethel Fedford Collins

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