Welcome to our Juneteenth Learning and Resources page. Explore the links below to access materials available through the Mid-Hudson Library System and beyond.

Starr Library will be closed in honor of Juneteenth on Wednesday, June 19th. Also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, or Emancipation Day, it celebrates the emancipation of people who had been enslaved in America and is commemorated on the anniversary of the June 19, 1865 announcement in Galveston, Texas by Union Army General Gordon Granger, who proclaimed freedom from slavery. 

New York State recognized Juneteenth as an official holiday for the first time in 2021. This does not mean that the day has not been long commemorated by Black communities across the country. Today the summer holiday is often celebrated by large get-togethers, cookouts, music, and food. Here in Rhinebeck, it is a moment to highlight and celebrate Black culture and history, from Revolutionary War soldier Andrew Frazier to the Black families who lived on Oak St. in the 19th century. It is also a moment to confront the Hudson Valley’s history of enslavement. Starr is dedicated to providing books, materials, and resources that help in educating and informing the community about Black history in Rhinebeck, from the enslavement of Africans by families in our area and the generational, white wealth it produced, to telling the stories of Rhinebeck’s Black citizens through primary source materials with our partners at Rhinebeck Historical Society and Dutchess County Historical Society. 

Come visit us at Starr Library during the month of June to see how we’re commemorating Juneteenth. Our goal is to center Black liberation movements and Black joy as well as helping educate the community about the history and legacy of slavery in the Hudson Valley and in our country at large. 

"It would be historically inaccurate to reduce the contributions of Black people to the vast material wealth created by our bondage. Black Americans have also been, and continue to be, foundational to the idea of American freedom. More than any other group in this country’s history, we have served, generation after generation, in an overlooked but vital role: It is we who have been the perfecters of this democracy."
Nikole Hannah-Jones
from the Pulitzer Prize Winning 1619 Project


Archival Materials, Learning Resources and Online Exhibitions

Videos, Podcasts, and Talks


American Slavery and its Legacy 

Race and Making of the Nation

Reconstruction and Black Politics

A note on language: As they still provide valuable information, we have decided to share these articles here, but please be aware that some of these pieces use outdated, offensive, and harmful language. 


Adult Books

Children's Books

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