Events to celebrate and commemorate Juneteenth

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Juneteenth is a day to celebrate the end of slavery in the United States.

Here is a list of events taking place:

UTICA

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, JUNE 16-17

• Underground Railroad tour in downtown Utica, 6 to 7 p.m. beginning at the Adirondack Bank parking lot, 120 Bleecker St, Utica. This is a gentle-paced walking tour that will highlight men and women of all backgrounds who worked to help people claim their freedom and to end slavery. Led by Jan DeAmicis and Mary Hayes Gordon of the Oneida County Freedom Trail Commission. Limit of 25 people per night. To register, go to https://tinyurl.com/3njf3c4r.

FRIDAY, JUNE 17

• The Oneida County History Center and For the Good Inc. will host a community photo identification, and documentation event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 17, to commemorate Juneteenth and encourage the preservation of Black history in Oneida County.

The public is invited to help identify people, places, and events from photographs in the Oneida County Black History Archive (on loan from Hamilton College) and a selection of photos from the History Center archives. Help capture and preserve the memories of Oneida County’s Black community. This History Center is located at 1608 Genesee St., Utica. Admission is free.

SATURDAY, JUNE 18

• Utica Roadrunner’s 3rd annual Run Against Racism. The 3-mile run begins at 9 a.m. The route begins at Kemble Park and ends at Johnson Park (two loops) in Utica. The run is free, donations will be accepted to benefit Johnson Park Center’s Youth Center and activities. To register, go to runsignup.com/Race/NY/Utica/TheURRunAgainstRacism?remMeAttempt=.

• Juneteenth Celebration, Mid-Utica Neighborhood Preservation Corporation’s annual event, from noon to 8 p.m. at Chancellor Park, 313 Elizabeth St., Utica. Featuring live music, food, health, and education vendors, kids’ activities, games, history, spoken word, an art project featuring educators from MWPAI and fellowship.

SUNDAY, JUNE 19

• Generations: A Juneteenth Celebration of Family, Fathers, and Fashion at 1 p.m. at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, 310 Genesee St., Utica. An event to celebrate African American hair and fashion styles as an art form. Information, go to www.mwpai.org.

MONDAY, JUNE 20

• Levitt AMP Utica Music Series Kick Off Concert from 6 to 9 p.m. at Kopernik Park, 317 Genesee St. at the corner of Eagle Street and Park Avenue in Utica. 6 to 7 p.m. Ladies of Soul and Their Gentlemen; 7 p.m. Youth Intermission Act (TBD); 7:30 p.m. The New Respects (the Levitt National Touring Band). Family-friendly, non-alcoholic venue. Art project for kids with local artist Dave Mentus. Information, go to www.levittamputica.org.

PETERBORO

SATURDAY, JUNE 18

• The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (NAHOF) will be open from noon to 6:30 p.m. The “Hall of Abolitionists,” the “Chronology of Abolition from the Colonial Period to Reconstruction” exhibits and the “Power of the Pen” activities developed for the Madison County Anti-Racism Collaborative will be available. At 6:30 p.m. a short video, “Juneteenth: A Walk Through Galveston,” will explain the history of June 19, 1865 and the new federal holiday.

• At 7 p.m. the film “Songs of Slavery and Emancipation will debut at NAHOF at the same time of its debut at the People’s Forum at 320 West 37th Street in New York City. Musician, author, songwriter, activist, and music producer Mat Callahan of Bern, Switzerland, brought a videographer to Peterboro to record for the film. Callahan had recently discovered songs composed by enslaved people and long-lost songs of the abolition movement.

SUNDAY, JUNE 19

• The Gerrit Smith Estate will open at 1 p.m. with exhibits on Black Americans in Peterboro, the Underground Railroad, the abolition activities of the Smith family, and other displays. At 2 p.m. Norman K. Dann will present “The Underground Railroad as a Moral Statement.” Dann will describe the existence of the Underground Railroad as a moral testament about a corrupt nation. By 1830 the abolition movement was heating up because the country had failed to implement its ideals of “freedom and justice for all.”

$5 admission includes presentations and exhibits at each site. The Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark is located at 5304 Oxbow Road, Peterboro, and the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum is at 5255 Pleasant Valley Road, Peterboro.

To mitigate COVID spread, masks, proof of at least first two vaccines, and contact information registration may be required. 

Check the websites for the most up-to-date information at www.gerritsmith.org and www.nationalabolitionhalloffameandmuseum.org.

ROME

SUNDAY, JUNE 19

• Copper City Collective (CCC) Juneteenth Celebration, 1 to 6 p.m. at Pinti Field, 200 6th St., Rome. CCC’s mission is to fight racism and create diversity in Rome. The celebration will feature Black culture, history, comminity oprganizations, music, DJ MDUB on The Beats, games, bouncy house, activities, basketball clinic, activism, food.

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