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History Behind Juneteenth

“Juneteenth takes place annually on June 19 to commemorate the day in 1865 when federal orders read in Galveston, Texas, stated that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free. This was an important day in history and for the fight to end American slavery, and it is honored across the country with cookouts, parades, heartfelt reunions, and so much more.” from We Are Teachers

I was trying to think of fun ways to teach this history to my autistic teen son who may/may not have heard of this holiday. Truth be told, I should know more about this holiday but had to do more research because it has been recently celebrated across the US and World, including parades, barbecues and everything else you would do on a day of celebration. So, to start off I will share 3 ways that you could help your children understand just what this holiday is all about.


YouTube Video talking about the significance of the Juneteenth Holiday

Books About Juneteenth

Ages 6-9

Ages 8-12

Depending on what age your child is and their autism spectrum level of learning, you can adjust these choices according to their learning age. Some autistic learners like more visuals, so a YouTube video may be easier to understand than reading a book, it all varies, so adjust accordingly. I hope you have a wonderful day today, whether you celebrate Juneteenth or not, you learned something new today. Happy Learning:-).