Juneteenth is the oldest celebration of the ending of slavery in the U.S. The first festivities took place on June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Grander landed in Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and the slaves where free. On Saturday, June 14, the 12th Annual Juneteenth Historical Commemoration Parade and Festival will feature Dr. Léonard Brock speaking on "Passing the Torch to an Honorable Generation: Investing in Our Youth, Investing in our Future; 50 Years after the signing of the Civil Rights Bill." There will be a parade, spoken word, reenactments, and children's activities. Bring seating and other accommodations. The festival will take place at Susan B. Anthony Park (39 King Street) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call 454-2680 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Before the festival, people can pay tribute to Fredrick Douglas and more than 200,000 men of color who died in service to their nation with a Roll Call for Those Who Lie in Yonder Hallowed Ground on Saturday, June 14, 9:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery, 1133 Mt. Hope Avenue. Call 753-2001 or visit Cityofrochester.gov for more information.
The City of Rochester will host a Rites of Passage program at the Frederick Douglas Resource Center (36 King Street) from 6 to 9 p.m. Call 753-2001 or visit cityofrochester.gov for more information.