Did you know that Juneteenth is on June 19 of every year? This celebration marks the day in 1865 when Union soldiers made it to Galveston Bay, Texas to continue freeing enslaved people who were still not yet freed by the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. It marks the start of the Reconstruction Era in the United States and is a day of remembrance, empowerment, and celebration for many African-Americans across the nation.
There are many ways to celebrate Juneteenth – one of which is with food. Did you know that certain foods associated with Juneteenth have meaning? Or that, historically, some of those foods or drinks are red? If you are “hungry” for information related to this day of freedom, click the link below:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-is-juneteenth

If you would like to discover more about African- American culinary traditions, visit the Main Library to see our display on Juneteenth and soul food. In the meantime, check out some of these titles to learn more:

Cover image for Jubilee : recipes from two centuries of African American cooking / Toni Tipton-Martin.

Jubilee : recipes from two centuries of African American cooking by Toni Tipton-Martin.

Cover image for The cooking gene : a journey through African American culinary history in the Old South / Michael W. Twitty.

The cooking gene : a journey through African American culinary history in the Old South by Michael W. Twitty.

Cover image for I heart soul food : 100 Southern comfort food favorites / Rosie Mayes ; photography by Danielle and Michael Kartes.

I heart soul food : 100 Southern comfort food favorites / Rosie Mayes ; photography by Danielle and Michael Kartes.

Cover image for Cornbread & collard greens : how West African cuisine & slavery influenced soul food / Deah Berry Mitchell.

Cornbread & collard greens : how West African cuisine & slavery influenced soul food by Deah Berry Mitchell.