City of Rochester marks 50th anniversary of Rochester Riots with special exhibit

Updated: 07/23/2014 12:02 AM
Created: 07/22/2014 8:43 PM WHEC.com

A special ceremony was held Tuesday evening at Rochester City Hall. People gathered to remember the riots in Rochester back in 1964.

The city hosted a reception featuring an exhibit with photos from that period in Rochester’s history. The photos include police in riot gear, water hoses being used for crowd control and chaos in the streets.

News10NBC spoke with some officials who say it was an important time in the history of our community.

Loretta Scott, City Council President, said, "It brings back so many memories. I grew up in the projects as we called them. I saw the streets where I lived and it really did conjure up a lot of warm memories for me."

On Wednesday, News10NBC talks with Constance Mitchell, who was on the Monroe County Board of Supervisors in 1964. She was the first African American woman elected to the position. You can watch her story Wednesday on News10NBC at 5 and 6.

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