CSN Libraries Closed for Juneteenth

By Emily Pattni & Torri Kellough
Published on 14 June, 2023

CSN Libraries will be closed on Monday, June 19th to commemorate Juneteenth, the historical end of slavery. This news comes this week from CSN’s Office of the President in response to the State of Nevada officially signing into law that Juneteenth is now a state holiday.

Though the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863 declaring the abolition of slavery, it wasn’t until two years later that Union soldiers rode into Texas to communicate this news on June 19, 1865. Today, we celebrate this day to honor and remember the struggle and achievements of so many generations of African Americans for freedom and equality. Read more about this historical holiday by visiting the Smithsonian’s webpage here: https://nmaahc.si.edu/explore/stories/historical-legacy-juneteenth

Check out the items below to learn more about this emancipation commemoration or peruse the National Museum of African American History and Culture Juneteenth Digital Toolkit. Also, learn more about Galveston, Texas – The Birthplace of Juneteenth.

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Title: On Juneteenth

Author: Annette Gordon-Reed

Location: Available at all CSN Libraries (Call Number: E185.93.T4 G67 2021)

Summary: Chronicles the origin and history of Juneteenth.

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Title: Juneteenth: A novel

Author: Ralph Ellison

Location: West Charleston campus library (Call Number: PS3555.L625 J86 2000)

Summary: Ellison’s second novel, published posthumously, explores the lives of a preacher and his adopted son through the lens of race and culture in America.

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Title: African-American Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations (Juneteenth, p. 278)

Author: Angela L. Williams

Summary: Brief review of the origin and history of Juneteenth.

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Title: Encyclopedia of Emancipation and Abolition in the Transatlantic World – Juneteenth Chapter

Editor: Junius Rodriguez

Summary: Places the Juneteenth emancipation in the larger context of freedom movements across the United States and the transatlantic world.