Mayor Warren marks 50th Anniversary of Rochester Riots at High Falls

Updated: 07/24/2014 6:04 AM
Created: 07/23/2014 11:27 PM WHEC.com

The Rochester Riots of 1964 changed the history of the city. As a way to commemorate the 50th anniversary, city leaders came together once again Wednesday to remember the riots.

Mayor Lovely Warren named the next two days "Days of Remembrance and Re-Commitment." On Wednesday, the city held a special ceremony where High Falls was lit up in green. 

50 years ago Thursday, the riots broke out on Joseph Avenue and Nassau Street. They lasted three days and two nights. At the end, four people were dead, nearly a thousand others arrested.


The riots started when police arrested a 19-year-old for public intoxication. He was attending a street dance fundraiser to build a new playground. Racial tensions were already building with many people fed up with the lack of job opportunities, poor housing conditions and police brutality.

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