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June 14, 2024

Juneteenth Observance

A black background with red, green, and red artistic elements. The words 19 June Juneteenth Freedom Day

Often referred to as "Black Emancipation Day" and celebrated as "Juneteenth," June 19, 1865, is the day when the news of freedom from slavery finally reached the state of Texas, nearly two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863. Rooted in B.T. Roberts' unfailing commitment to the abolition of slavery, we honor and celebrate the freedom and emancipation that took place on June 19, 1865. We continue to pray for unity and equity in our nation.

Here’s a snapshot of events happening around Rochester for Juneteenth:

Juneteenth Week at Genesee Country Village and Museum
Thursday, June 13 - Saturday, June 15 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Rochester Juneteenth Festival
Saturday, June 15 at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park
This year’s theme is From 1964 to 2024: 60 Years in the Fight for Justice in Rochester.

The Underground Railroad Bike Ride 
Sunday, June 16, Canalside Shelter at Genesee Valley Park

ROC Juneteenth 5K Walk/Run and Roc Juneteenth Jazz
5K on June 19 at Genesee Valley Park, Riverbend Shelter
Juneteenth Jazz on June 16, Highland Bowl at Highland Park

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