Juneteenth – June 19th
WCLS is honored to be a community sponsor of the Juneteenth Video Project produced by Ferndale Connect, a program of Ferndale Community Services. The project is supported by numerous partners. Whatcom County communities are learning together about the significance of this new federal holiday. Broadening our perspectives through reading and learning together enriches the experience, encourages understanding and builds community. The library collection materials featured on this page are a place to begin.
Juneteenth – short for June Nineteenth – marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday. (Credit: History.org) For more information about Juneteenth, visit your library.