Juneteenth – Celebrate Freedom

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement.

And as of May 2022, Juneteenth is a legal state holiday in Connecticut!

Learn More About Juneteenth History

What is Juneteenth?

Historical Legacy from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture

Britannica.com Video:– The history of the Juneteenth holiday, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

Ways to Celebrate


Enjoy a weekend of free programs in New Haven, from concerts to outdoor markets.

Milford – Celebration on the Green

West Haven – Fair with music & food at Brent Watt Park


LISTEN: A rendition of the Negro National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing
from The National Museum of African American History and Culture

MAKE: A Flag 

READ: Official Juneteenth Poem

(Official Juneteenth Poem)

From Africa’s heart, we rose
Already a people, our faces ebon, our bodies lean,
We rose
Skills of art, life, beauty and family
Crushed by forces we knew nothing of, we rose
Survive we must, we did,
We rose
We rose to be you, we rose to be me,
Above everything expected, we rose
To become the knowledge we never knew,
We rose
Dream, we did
Act we must

Kristina Kay,
We Rose
 © 1996, Juneteenth.com

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Suggested Reading

At the Stratford Library:

Emancipation Reading List

“Juneteenth has never been a celebration of victory or an acceptance of the way things are. It’s a celebration of progress. It’s an affirmation that despite the most painful parts of our history, change is possible—and there is still so much work to do.”  — Barack Obama

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