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A CULTURE OF

FESTIVALS From jazz to soul-stirring Gospel, in Buffalo there’s a celebration to appeal to every generation, and every personal interest. The city is convenient to get to, affordable to visit and only 20 minutes away from the magnificent Niagara Falls, making it an ideal location for a family reunion or group meeting.

March

Galveston, Texas with news of the Emancipation Proclamation. The two-day celebration of family, culture and tradition, one of the largest in the nation, draws more than 100 vendors from Canada and the Eastern seaboard, and often features Universoul Circus, the country’s only African American owned and operated circus. Other festival events include the annual 5K Run and Juneteenth Festival Parade, main stage and cultural performances by local and regional groups, a basketball competition, food court and book fair - and much more.

Harriet Tubman Holiday Celebration Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library 1324 Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo 716-602-5877

An annual affair that gives the community time to reflect on the contributions of Harriet Tubman while ultimately trying to achieve the goal of attaining a national holiday for her. If successful, she would be the first female and the second African American so honored. On March 10th, the date of Harriet Tubman’s death, members of the community sing, dance, recite poetry and perform dramatizations at the library in commemoration.

June

Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo Martin Luther King Jr. Park Best Street and Fillmore Avenue, Buffalo / 716-891-8801

Since 1975, Buffalonians have celebrated the historic day in June 1865 when Union soldiers rode into

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Buffalo African American Heritage Guide  

A guide to the sights, sounds, tastes and heritage of Buffalo's African American community

Buffalo African American Heritage Guide  

A guide to the sights, sounds, tastes and heritage of Buffalo's African American community