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Preston Library

Juneteenth Reading List

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Below are a selection of books about Juneteenth and emancipation in America--non-fiction, fiction, and primary sources. To search VMI Preston Library's full holdings, search our library catalog below.

VMI Preston Library is open to the community. Please come and browse our collection. Community users use a library card issued upon completion of our application process.  Borrowers must use their VMI ID card or library card whenever they wish to check out materials. Please check our hours before you come to VMI.

Selected Recent Print Books in Preston Library

Primary Sources from the VMI Archives

The VMI Archives is the repository for the Institute's official records of enduring historical and administrative significance.

To learn more about the documents displayed below or to research Black history at VMI, send an email to or call 540-464-7516.


Primary Sources 

Death of Old Judge - An article about Anderson Dandridge, nicknamed "Old Judge", an enslaved baker at VMI. When VMI resumed operations in 1866, Dandridge, now free, returned to working as a baker in the Mess Hall.


Cadet Contributions for Henry - An undated handwritten note from John T. L. Preston to the Treasurer explaining interest among cadets in making contributions to Henry to help him purchase family members so that they can go to Liberia.


Photograph Collection

  • Patrick Payne - Patrick Payne worked as a cook and baker in the VMI Mess Hall in the late 19th century. This image appears in the class of 1892 album.
  • Tinsley and Old John - Tinsley and Old John were Barracks workers at VMI. This photograph was taken around 1904.
  • Mess Hall Staff - Three photographs of the VMI Mess Hall Staff taken around 1900 and 1905.