The oldest celebrated national commemoration of the ending of slavery, Juneteenth acknowledges a period in American history that continues to shape our communities. Washington State Historical Society encourages you to join us in honoring Juneteenth with these organizations that work to preserve and share the history of Black Americans and Black Washingtonians:
- The Black Heritage Society of Washington State
- The Buffalo Soldiers Museum
- Northwest African American Museum
You can connect with more Black arts and heritage organizations in our state through the Artist Trust website.
For additional celebrations, check these recent guides to Juneteenth in-person and virtual events published by The Olympian, South Seattle Emerald, Bellingham Herald, KREM in Spokane, YakTriNews, and The News Tribune.
Learning about the History of Juneteenth
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture offers several blogposts about the legacy and celebration of Juneteenth, including these selections:
- The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth | National Museum of African American History and Culture (si.edu)
- Celebrating Juneteenth | National Museum of African American History and Culture (si.edu)
A recent article about the history and meaning of Juneteenth with LaTaSha Levy, an assistant professor of American ethnic studies at the University of Washington:
Booklists with Juneteenth reading materials for all ages:
- 10 Books to Celebrate Juneteenth No Matter Your Age — Black & Bookish (blackandbookish.com)
- Books to Read for Juneteenth, as Recommended by DC’s Black Educators (msn.com)
- 9 Books About Juneteenth We Recommend for Parents and Their Kids – Age of Learning Age of Learning
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