Events, Activities, and More: Journey into Juneteenth at Stark Library

June 19, 1865, marked a historic moment when the last enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, received news of their freedom. On this day, a group of enslaved men, women, and children gathered to hear a Union soldier read the life-changing proclamation: they were no longer enslaved; they were free.

The news sparked an outpouring of joy, with people jumping, dancing, and shedding tears of happiness. Without knowing it, their celebration of newfound freedom would become the holiday we now know as Juneteenth. For over 150 years, Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day, has served as a reminder of the ongoing fight for equality in our country.

All Stark Library locations are closed on Wednesday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth.


Acknowledging the unique experiences and challenges faced by the Black American community is essential for shaping a better future for our country. In honor of Juneteenth, Stark Library is hosting a series of events designed to inspire curiosity and foster understanding. Join us to learn, reflect, and celebrate!

Juneteenth and the Journey to Emancipation | Mon Jun 17

Join us at the Library for a journey into Juneteenth with the Spring Hill Historic Home. This group will delve into the significance of Juneteenth and the historical events leading up to the end of slavery, which occurred two years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

Juneteenth Freedom Quilts | Thu Jun 20

Juneteenth quilts weave a tale of strength, beauty, and warmth within the Black American community. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of Juneteenth by exploring quilt patterns and creating your own paper quilt masterpiece.

Learn more about the many themed events the Library has in honor of Juneteenth.

Read with Liberation

This collection features books, both fiction and nonfiction, movies, and more for a span of age groups. We hope that this thoughtful selection of materials fosters understanding and acknowledgment of our past and the experiences of Black Americans.


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