'On Juneteenth' Chronicles Childhood Memories, History
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annette Gordon-Reed wrote the New York Times best-selling book "On Juneteenth," chronicling the day slavery ended in the southern U.S. state of Texas, as part memoir and part history. June 19, 1865, known as "Juneteenth," is the day soldiers arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas, announcing enslaved Black people had been freed. Juneteenth became a federal U.S. holiday just two years ago. Gordon Reed tells VOA’s Carol Van Dam the book describes her experience growing up as a 6-year-old girl in Texas.