Liberation Station Bookstore Grand Opening Events

  • Dates: 6/17/2023, 6/18/2023, 6/19/2023
  • Venue: Liberation Station Bookstore
  • Location: Downtown Raleigh
  • Address: 208 Fayetteville St., Ste. 201, Raleigh, NC 27601


The opening of Liberation Station Bookstore, North Carolina’s first Black-owned children’s bookstore, will be celebrated throughout the upcoming Juneteenth weekend with events featuring bestselling and award-winning Black children’s book authors and illustrators, Black historians and even Black equestrians. 

Schedule of the opening weekend festivities: 

The bookstore's ribbon cutting and grand opening will be from 11am-3pm Sat., June 17 with notable children's book authors available to sign books.

From noon-3pm Sun., June 18, the bookstore will host a White Glove Day where children and their parents can see and interact with historical documents. Those include handwritten letters between Frederick Douglass and a Baltimore bookstore owner as well as first edition signed copies of banned books by such authors as James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, Langston Hughes, Zora Neal Hurston and Bell Hooks.

Also on Sunday, Raleigh historian Carmen Cauthen and Barbara Allen, the sixth-generation granddaughter of Sojourner Truth, the American abolitionist, women’s rights activist and former slave, will be signing books. 

On Mon., June 19, the bookstore is organizing a Liberation Walk from the N.C. state capitol to the bookstore with a group of Black equestrians. Afterward, the bookstore will host book signings by Caitlin Gooch, who is known as ‘The Black Cowgirl’ and founded the nonprofit Saddle Up and Read.

After the grand opening weekend, Liberation Station Bookstore will be open Wed.-Sat., 11am-6pm and Sundays from noon-5pm.