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Juneteenth

The San Antonio Public Library celebrates Juneteenth during the month of June.

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is an annual celebration that marks the emancipation of all slaves in the Confederacy. It commemorates June 19, 1865, the day when enslaved Texans in Galveston were informed that slavery was over. It was formally recognized as a Texas state holiday in 1979 and as a City of San Antonio and federal holiday in 2021.  It was the first new federal holiday recognized since Martin Luther King Day in 1984. Learn more about the history and meaning of Juneteenth by checking out our book recommendations, upcoming local events and exploring the other resources below.

San Antonio African-American Organizations

Carver Community Cultural Center, 222 N. Hackberry, San Antonio, TX 78202  (210) 207-7211

Juneteenth San Antonio, 6306 Port Royal St., San Antonio, TX 78244  (210) 843-7805

San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum (SAAACAM), 218 S. Presa, San Antonio, 78205  (210) 724-3350  

 

 

 

Texas State Library and Archives Juneteenth Resources

Texas State Library and Archives  Lorenzo de Zavala Building, Capitol Complex, 1201 Brazos St., Austin, TX 78701 (512) 463-5474