African American Cultural Festival

2014 Juneteenth Celebration
2:15 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Juneteenth Headed Back to the South Side this Year: Kickoff Friday, Parade and Celebration Saturday

Organizers joined elected officials in front of Syracuse City Hall to kickoff Juneteenth Friday morning
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  African Americans in and around Syracuse will once again recall the time when the last of the slaves finally found out about their freedom after the civil war.  The City’s celebration of Juneteenth got underway Friday. 

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End of Slavery Remembered
2:04 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Juneteenth Cultural Celebration in Syracuse is This Weekend

Credit John Smith / WAER News

From its small beginnings at the South West Community Center, the Annual Syracuse Juneteenth Festival this weekend is estimated to attract a record 25-thousand people this year.


The event marks the date of the emancipation of a quarter million slaves in Galveston, Texas in 1865.  At Friday’s flag raising ceremony, Juneteenth committee board member Gale Barnes addressed the diverse significance of the festival.

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