Juneteenth Story Submissions

Be part of Skokie’s community celebration of Juneteenth. Juneteenth is the annual holiday commemorating the day that the news of the end of slavery in the United States reached enslaved Black people in Texas, on June 19, 1865--nearly two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. It is an independence day to celebrate and reflect on freedom, and we’re interested in what those things mean to people in Skokie.

Share your responses to any or all of the following prompts:

  • What does Juneteenth mean to you?
  • What does freedom mean to you?
  • How do you celebrate Juneteenth?
  • What is your favorite Juneteenth tradition?
  • What is your favorite Juneteenth celebration recipe?

You can share a written response, a video recording, an image, a recipe, a link to a favorite poem about freedom--whatever captures your thoughts and stories.

We would especially love to see submissions from Skokie and the surrounding community, but everyone's stories--all ages and voices--are welcome. We may share submissions on social media. Questions? Please email us.

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The creator will maintain the copyright. By completing this form, you give permission to Skokie Public Library to use and publish your submission (online or in print) for educational and promotional purposes without compensation. Submissions may also be shared with and used by regional projects, such as through the Illinois Library Association or the Digital Public Library of America.