Contributions of African American Women During the Civil War

African American women played a key role in the struggle for freedom during the Civil War Era.  Among their contributions, they served as nurses and cooks; operated as spies, scouts and couriers; and supported black troops in many ways. In celebration of Juneteenth 2016, The Female RE-Enactors of Distinction will  appear in period clothing to tell distinctive stories  about black soldiers and the African American women who contributed to the fight for freedom.

The Secret History of Juneteenth

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is considered the oldest celebration that commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger entered Galveston, Texas with 2,000 troops.  He issued General Oder 3, which declared an end to slavery more than two years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.  Many slaves were unaware of the Emancipation degree of January 1, 1863, because of Texas's isolation and the slow movement of news about the Civil War.

Escape From Slavery: The Pearl Incident of 1848

In recognition of the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, community leader David W. Smith, Sr. will discuss slave culture in the United States, Civil War interpreter Marquett Milton will portray the life of United States Colored Troop Andrew Green and freelance writer Omarr Lee will pay tribute to the commemorative holiday through poetry. Juneteenth is considered the oldest celebration that commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. Join us for a celebration of the abolition of human bondage in the United States.

Juneteenth 2014 Celebration

Celebrate Juneteenth at a special evening Read-In.  Members of the Aspiring Writers Circle and library staff will present original works and letters from slaves that evoke the strength, courage, and freedom that

Prison Life: Reasons To Avoid a Journey To Nowhere

In recognition of Juneteenth, a celebration that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States and an occasion to focus on self-improvement, come hear Lamont Carey discuss his new novel, The Hill, a riveting acc