Rochester celebrates Juneteenth

June 17, 2017 06:32 PM

The oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the United States was honored in Rochester on Saturday.

The Juneteenth Festival began with a march from City Hall to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square.

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The day reinforces economic empowerment, ending violence, and uplifting the community.

"We do this as a reminder, and a way to rally our community under a common banner on unity and to make sure this kind of stuff don't happen again," says Lomax Campbell of Rochester.  

A portion of the program was dedicated in memory of ancestors lost to slavery. 


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