Juneteenth: Celebration of Freedom

Juneteenth logo with chains and words

Join us for a virtual Juneteenth celebration Friday, June 18 at 11 a.m. on Facebook featuring Alachua County's Poet Laureate, children’s story time, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” and teen performances.

Juneteenth marks the abolition of slavery on June 19, 1865, in Texas and celebrates the wider emancipation of enslaved African Americans. The Library District will recognize this year’s anniversary with a program celebrating African and African American culture through poetry, song, and storytelling.

This virtual program will feature Alachua County Poet Laureate E. Stanley Richardson speaking on the importance of Juneteenth and what it means to the African American community from the Headquarters Library. The Cone Park Branch will present a special story time with picture books, songs, and a simple craft. The Library Partnership Branch will share a performance of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" and teen monologues on the meaning of Juneteenth.