Juneteenth is also known as “June” and “nineteenth”- also known as Emancipation Day, Juneteenth Independence Day, Liberation Day, Freedom Day, and Black Independence, is the oldest celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. On the day of June 19, 1865, Union Troops that were led by General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and issued General Order No.3- that all enslaved people in Texas were declared free.
Juneteenth is a special day to honor and remember Black people who fought for freedom and justice and celebrate Black strength, resilience, history, culture, and art. Please visit the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion’s website for education and community resources to celebrate and learn about the Juneteenth.
Sixth Annual Rochester Juneteenth 5K Run/Walk Event
The Sixth Annual Rochester Juneteenth 5K Event is scheduled to take place on June 19, 2022, at 1 pm in the Genesee Valley Park. The event is organized by the CGI International Jazz Festival to honor the historic importance of Juneteenth. All proceeds from the event will be used to support the development of the Franklin D. Florence Civil Rights Heritage Park. If you are interested, you can register online.