WCLS buildings will be closed Monday, June 19, 2023, to observe Juneteenth. The federal holiday honors the end of slavery in the United States.
To deepen our understanding of the holiday, in 2022, Connect Ferndale, a program of Ferndale Community Services, created the Juneteenth Video Project. In 2023, filmmaker Remy Styrk created Part 2 of the Juneteenth documentary project, Before I. Watch I Am the Hope and The Dream and Before I at a special 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17 event at the Ferndale Library. Learn more about the movie screening at this link.
WCLS is proud to be a supporter of the Juneteenth Video Project and to share the resources below for our community to learn more about the holiday.
Juneteenth – June 19th
WCLS is honored to be a community sponsor of the Juneteenth Video Project produced by Connect Ferndale, 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.
Juneteenth Resources for Educators from Connect Ferndale
Juneteenth-related documentaries and movies from Kanopy video streaming service (free with your library card)
More Racism & Antiracism Resources for Learning Booklists
What is Juneteenth by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Reparations for Slavery: A Road Map by Clyde Ford
Library of Congress Collection: Voices Remembering Slavery: Freed People Tell Their Stories