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Juneteenth celebration to be held June 19 in Rochester

Among the various activities held for the occasion, William Bud Whitehorn will speak about his position as police liaison, upcoming events and plans for the city.

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Leonnel Lewis, left, and Lois Fortner, both of Rochester, dish up plates of food for attendees during the Juneteenth 2020 Celebration fundraiser event for Journie, a non-profit that provides support, life skills training and mentorship to youth in the Rochester community, Friday, June 19, 2020, at Foster Arend Park in Rochester. Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)
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A Juneteenth Jubliee will be held June 19 at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Rochester.

Juneteenth is a holiday marking June 19, commemorating the day in 1865 when troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to make sure all enslaved people were free.

Anumber of events will be held throughout the day in Rochester.

A variety of musical performances will be kicked off at 10 a.m.

Barbershop Talk will begin broadcasting at 11 a.m. The program will begin with a speaker from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People who will discuss the history and importance of Juneteenth.

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Graduation certificates will be given to three graduates of the nonprofit organization Journie, and Mr. and Miss Juneteenth will be crowned.

William Bud Whitehorn will speak about his position as police liaison, upcoming events and plans for the city. Ward 4 City Council member Kelly Kirkpatrick also will give remarks.

Food will be provided by Jersey Joe's and served by community volunteers. There will be free hot dogs, chips and juice for children ages 12 and younger.

There will also be children’s activities, prizes and art projects organized and led by Amarama Art and the local Rochester art community between noon and 3 p.m. It will include a bean bag toss, bucket toss, mask painting, a bubble blowing contest and musical chairs. Yammy Bear and Gregory Parks the Roaming Clown will be present to entertain all ages as well.

At 1 p.m. there will be a basketball tournament with youth from T&K Basketball and the Rochester Police Department. Juneteenth will be capped off with all of Rochester coming together to dance the Cha Cha Slide as DJ Casper takes the stage at 5:30 p.m.

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