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Juneteenth, held every year on June 19, commemorates the abolition of slavery and works to preserve and promote the diversity of African American and Black freedom and achievements. New York has many sites at which to reflect on this history, including important museums and centers dedicated to the stories of the freeing of enslaved people of African descent, including the North Star Underground Railroad Museum and the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center.
More information about the history of Juneteenth and its evolution in New York, which now celebrates Juneteenth as an official state holiday, is available on the New York State Parks blog.
New York State also features special events for Juneteenth. The Juneteenth Festival in Buffalo is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the world. The annual festival, which includes a parade, live entertainment, vendors, and more, returns to Buffalo’s Martin Luther King Jr. Park for the weekend of June 17-18, 2023.
Commemorate Juneteenth at one of these Path Through History Weekend events. more
Celebrate the achievements of Black New Yorkers at these sites and attractions. more
Learn about some of the people who helped change New York State - and the world. more
Equal rights history is brought to life in NYS for all who celebrate liberty and justice. more
Celebrate the history and heroism that guided enslaved people to freedom. more