STG resource guide: Juneteenth

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As part of its commitment to promoting cultural diversity and social justice, Seattle Theatre Group (STG) recognizes the significance of Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth has deep roots in African American history and is an important opportunity for all Americans to reflect on our country's legacy of slavery and ongoing struggle for racial justice. Join us in exploring the curated list of informational resources below to learn about the importance and continual relevance of Juneteenth. 

Educational materials:

About Juneteenth:

  • Celebrate Juneteenth 2022 | Teach For America
  • "Why is Juneteenth Important?"
  • What is Juneteenth? - This article from provides an overview of Juneteenth and its historical significance.
  • Juneteenth National Independence Day Act - This page from the Library of Congress provides information on the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, which made Juneteenth a federal holiday in the United States.
  • Juneteenth: Celebrating Freedom - This resource from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture provides a history of Juneteenth, along with information on how it is celebrated today.
  • The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth - This article from the National Museum of African American History and Culture provides a detailed history of Juneteenth and its significance to the African American community.
  • Juneteenth: Our Other Independence Day - This article from CNN discusses the importance of Juneteenth as a celebration of freedom and the ongoing struggle for racial justice in the United States.


  • Juneteenth: A Novel by Ralph Ellison - This novel tells the story of a white senator who is haunted by the memory of a black musician he once betrayed. It explores themes of race, identity, and the legacy of slavery.
  • On Juneteenth, by Annette Gordon-Reed - This memoir/history book examines the history and significance of Juneteenth, as well as the author's own family history in Texas.
  • Juneteenth Texas: Essays in African-American Folklore, by Francis Edward Abernethy - This collection of essays explores the folklore and cultural traditions of African Americans in Texas, including the celebration of Juneteenth.
  • All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom, by Angela Johnson - This children's book tells the story of Juneteenth through the eyes of a young girl who is experiencing freedom for the first time.
  • The Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty, by Tonya Bolden - This nonfiction book provides a historical overview of the Emancipation Proclamation and its impact on the abolition of slavery, including the role of Juneteenth in the broader struggle for freedom.
  • Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom, by Charles A. Taylor - This nonfiction book explores the history and significance of Juneteenth, including its cultural traditions and contemporary celebrations.



For Kids:

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