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The Green Juneteenth Reading List

Jun 18, 2022 | Books, Community Engagement, Cultural Experience

Sententia Vera, LLC promotes cultural experiences and awareness through reading books by ethnic writers, specifically women authors of color. Sententia Vera is an independent bookseller and provides books to its clients and customers. In April 2022, SV Cultural Hub officially joined the Librotraficante Movement by becoming an “Underground Library” that promotes, sells, lends, and exchanges books from the Banned Book List.


In its mission to share cultural experiences and awareness, the SV Cultural Hub is proud to promote the Green Juneteenth Reading List. The enhanced sharing of untold or under-told experiences helps to promote a better understanding of our collective history, and of all the precious lives that helped build this nation.


On the 1st anniversary of Juneteenth formally designated as a federal holiday, and three months after the 200th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s birth, organizations from Hays County and beyond, encourage you to experience your local Juneteenth events. To learn more about the significance of June 19, 1865, and the intersection of Juneteenth and access to green spaces, we invite you to read some of the contents of the Green Juneteenth Reading List.


The Green Juneteenth Reading List
Booker T. Washington Mid-19th Century Plant Uses via National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior


Freedom Colonies in the Texas Hill Country


Then and Now: Pioneers opening green spaces
Mattie Landry, founder of Camp Elvira in Texas: One of our country’s first summer camps for Black girls
Honoring Ceny’s Son African American “racehorse man” Daniel Alexander and his historic family farm win recognition, protection, preservation, and conservation.


Related Books
On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed


The plants included are among those now being planted in Juneteenth Freedom and Emancipation Gardens across the nation, and native flowers found along the Nueces strip of the Underground Railroad to Mexico, through which close to 10,000 enslaved persons travelled to freedom. The Nueces strip is a regional area between the Nueces River in Corpus Christi, the Rio Grande, and Laredo. The Barred Owl image is included in honor of American abolitionist and pioneer naturalist Harriet Tubman who many think used the call of this owl to alert freedom seekers that it was OK, or not OK, to come out of hiding and continue their journey.

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