The Secret History of Juneteenth

Image of emancipated slavesIn recognition of Juneteenth, Mr. Carroll R. Gibbs, author and lecturer, will present the lecture "The Secret History of Juneteenth." Mr. Gibbs will discuss the origin and history of this celebration. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The celebration dates back to June 19, 1865 when Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

Mr. Gibbs has devoted the past 20 years to researching and illuminating the contributions of African Americans to our society and its culture through his lectures, exhibits, and films. Author of several books, including The Friends of Frederick Douglass, Black Inventors, Black Explorers, and coauthor of Black Georgetown Remembered, he is also an expert on black Civil War units. He has served as a consultant to the D.C. Public School System, Georgetown University and the Smithsonian Institution, and has written many articles for both scholarly and popular publications.

This lecture will take place in room 209 on June 4 at 6:30 p.m.

If you are interested in learning more about the emancipation of slaves in the United States and Juneteenth, here's some suggestions:

Juneteenth Texas
Juneteenth Texas: Essays in African-American Folklore
Island of Color jacket
Island of Color: Where Juneteenth Started
African American Customs
African-American Holiday Traditions: Celebrating with Passion, Style, and Grace