NYLI will close at 1pm this Friday June 19th in observance of Juneteenth. The folks at Smithsonian Magazine written an excellent article titled Juneteenth: Our Other Independence Day:

Two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, American slavery came to an end and a celebration of freedom was born

Read more here.

Also, check out NYLI’s selection of eBooks on the topic:

Act of justice [electronic resource] : Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and the law of war / Burrus M. Carnahan.

Colonization after Emancipation [electronic resource] : Lincoln and the movement for black resettlement / Phillip W. Magness and Sebastian N. Page.

Emancipating Lincoln [electronic resource] : the Proclamation in text, context, and memory / Harold Holzer.

Lincoln and freedom [electronic resource] : slavery, emancipation, and the Thirteenth Amendment / edited by Harold Holzer and Sara Vaughn Gabbard ; foreword by Joan L. Flinspach.

Lincoln and the Thirteenth Amendment / Christian G. Samito.

Lincoln’s proclamation [electronic resource] : emancipation reconsidered / edited by William A. Blair and Karen Fisher Younger.