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Black History & Culture in New York State

Home to Shirley Chisholm, the first African American Congresswoman; Jackie Robinson, the first Black player in Major League Baseball; and the birthplace of hip hop. New York State has been the home of monumental moments in Black history that have shaped our culture today. Black history and culture are celebrated throughout the state, with events such as the Juneteenth Festival in Buffalo, and the month-long Harlem Week summer festival.

In 2022, New York State is celebrating the bicentennial of Harriet Tubman, commemorating the 200th anniversary of Harriet Tubman's birth. Celebrations include the launch of "Travel with Tubman", a National Parks Service initiative that guides visitors through eight states and 13 historic Harriet Tubman sites of significance, including six New York State historic sites. Explore New York State's rich heritage of Black history and culture today.

 

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