All libraries are closed Wednesday, 6/19 for Juneteenth National Independence Day.



What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom commemorating June 19, 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger read the federal orders in Galveston, Texas, that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free.


Why is it important?

Although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed years earlier in 1863, it was not until Juneteenth in 1865 that the last of the remaining enslaved African Americans were freed.


Want to learn more?

June 19th. It's an important day to know. It is the day that celebrates the freedom of the last enslaved African Americans in the United States. They were freed on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas. This was over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, but African Americans in Texas had not yet heard the news that they were free. One reason was because the information was withheld by those who benefited from enslaved people. Plus, there were no telephones or computers, so information and news passed across the country slowly.


Learn More by Downloading Our Juneteenth Guide


In collaboration with BlackSpace NYC, University of Oklahoma Gibbs College of Architecture and with the support of Oklahoma Humanities, BlackSpace Oklahoma's Northeast Storytelling Project was created to explore community assets, values, identities, and ideas, within Black neighborhood spaces in Northeast Oklahoma City.

The project lives on in partnership with the Metropolitan Library System to continue to collect the stories of NE OKC.

Contribute your Northeast Oklahoma City story by contacting the Metro Library Special Collections & Research Department.


Hear Their Stories


Research Databases

Books & Documentaries



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Juneteenth Creative Writing Chapbook

06/20/2024 @ 9:00am - 06/30/2024 @ 6:00pm
Warr Acres Library
Library Branch: Warr Acres Library
Room: Onsite (Warr Acres)
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Book Clubs, Continuing Education, Cultural Experiences, Take-Home Kit, Writing
Event Description:

Have you always wanted to explore creative writing but never had the chance? Pick up one of our special Juneteenth creative writing chapbooks filled with creative writing exercises meant to strengthen your creative muscles!

This event is in the "Kids" group.

Juneteenth Freedom Day Windsock Take Home Kit

06/20/2024 @ 9:00am - 06/23/2024 @ 6:00pm
Warr Acres Library
Library Branch: Warr Acres Library
Room: Onsite (Warr Acres)
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Cultural Experiences, DIY & Hobbies, Take-Home Kit
Event Description:

Celebrate Juneteenth by creating a windsock Freedom Day Flag! This take home kit is intended for children 5-12. One per child. 

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Juneteenth DIY Paper Banjo Kit

06/20/2024 @ 9:00am - 06/23/2024 @ 6:00pm
Southern Oaks Library
Library Branch: Southern Oaks Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Southern Oaks)
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, DIY & Hobbies, Take-Home Kit
Event Description:

Celebrate Juneteenth by making a DIY paper banjo! No registration necessary!

This event is in the "Adults" group.

BIPOC Book Club - "Kindred" by Octavia E. Butler

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Capitol Hill Library
Library Branch: Capitol Hill Library
Room: Meeting Room 1 (Capitol Hill)
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs, Books & Reading, Cultural Experiences
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 11
Event Description:

Calling all readers! Looking to build community and challenge yourself to discover new, exciting tales? If so, then look no further! Come meet new friends, read new books, and enjoy lively conversation at your neighborhood library.

Join our BIPOC Book Club to read fiction and non-fiction titles by Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color.

For June we will be reading "Kindred" by Octavia E Butler. Reserve your copy with us today!


The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

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