Celebrate Junteenth in Rochester

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June 19 Proclaimed Juneteenth

Whereas:  As we celebrate Juneteenth, Monroe County and the City of Rochester ask all residents to imagine that moment of jubilation on June 19, 1865 when the enslaved learned that they were “free at last, free at last,” from horrendous bondage that ensnared themselves and their ancestors for more than four centuries. Vicariously experiencing this emotional moment in time speaks fully of the Juneteenth story.

NOW, THEREFORE, we, Malik D. Evans, Mayor of the City of Rochester, New York and Adam J. Bello, Monroe County Executive, do hereby proclaim June 19, 2022 to be: JUNETEENTH




2022 Juneteenth Celebrations in the City of Rochester

 Saturday June 18: Juneteenth Festival (Community event)

  •  11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  •  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, 353 Court St.
  •  Music and vending
  •  Garth Fagan Performance
  •  Organized by Simeon Banister, Greater Rochester Martin Luther King Jr. Commission simeon@grmlk.org
 Saturday, June 18: M.U.S.E. Juneteenth Celebration (community event)
  • 2 to 4 p.m.
  • MUSE site near the Avenue Black Box Theatre, Joseph and Berlin Streets
  • MUSE (Mindfullness Unraveling Sacred Expression) Organized by Theatre Director Reenah Golden
  • Contact: reenah@avenuetheatre.org
Saturday, June 18: Juneteenth at the Strong (community event)
  Sunday, June 19: Juneteenth Celebration at Brown Square Park (community event)
  • Noon to 7 p.m.
  • Brown Square Park, 251 Verona St.
  • Vendors
  • Organized by Tysharda Thomas, Co-Chair
  • Greater Rochester Association of Realtors/Black Caucus
  • Contact: Tysharda@gmail.com
Sunday, June 19: Juneteenth 5k run/walk (community event)
Sunday, June 19: Juneteenth at the George Eastman Museum (community event)  
Sunday, June 19: Juneteenth at the Minister Franklin D. Florence Civil Rights Heritage Site (community event)
  • 5:50 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Baden Park, 525 Upper Falls Blvd.
  • Organized by Rev. Myra Brown and Gloria Hovey
  • Music provided by CGI Rochester Int’l Jazz Fest
  • Contact: myrabrown@frontier.com
Monday, June 20: Juneteenth City Hall Block Party (City-planned)
  • 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Church Street between State and Fitzhugh
  • Live music by Cinnamon Jones
  • Food trucks