Classroom and Parent Resources for Juneteenth

 "Reading the Emancipation Proclamation," Hartford, Connecticut, 1864. (The Gilder Lehrman Institute, GLC07595)Juneteenth (June 19) commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War was over and that enslaved people were free. While the day has been celebrated ever since, it was only recognized as a federal holiday in 2021.

We offer many classroom and home study resources for learning more below.


  • From our partners at Annenberg Classroom. Annenberg Classroom and the Gilder Lehrman Institute are members of the Civics Renewal Network.
  • A Conversation with Annette Gordon-Reed moderated by Edward Ayers about her book On Juneteenth

Spotlights on Primary Sources

Gilder Lehrman curators explain and explore documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection.

Historical Documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection

Honoring Juneteenth with Documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection featuring

Lesson Plans

  • “Juneteenth and Emancipation”: Students analyze primary source documents that convey the realities of slavery in the United States, represent various viewpoints on emancipation, and provide context for the federal holiday of Juneteenth.

Self-Paced Courses


The Gilder Lehrman Institute offers American historical holiday resources from its Collection of more than 85,000 primary source documents, essays published in its online journal History Now, videos of talks by eminent scholars, lesson plans by American history teachers, and more to help teachers guide discussion, create class projects, and gain content knowledge that can be directly applied to their curriculum.