Niagara Falls Hosts First Freedom Day Festival

 

 Two Queens Production and the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center have teamed up to bring the first Freedom Day, a celebration of Juneteenth, to Niagara Falls, NY.  Residents of Niagara Falls  and the surrounding communities are cordially invited to a day of family fun on the grounds of the Heritage Center, neighboring the Amtrak Station. Festivities will take place on Saturday, June 22  from 1 – 5 p.m. at 825 Depot Ave. West, in the Falls.

The celebration will include a variety of fun and exciting activities for all ages. A kids’ zone will feature clowns, face painting, carnival games, and prizes — live music provided by African Drummers. DJ Eclipse will provide tunes for the afternoon’s musical enjoyment and patrons wanting to participate in line dancing. A Black Art Show from some of WNY’s finest artists will be on display. Black History Educators are providing extraordinary stories from America’s past.

A Black Media and Film presentation that coincides with expert panelists available for discussion. Niagara Falls’ first Black-owned news publication will be available to the public for the first time at  this  historical event. Admission to the Heritage Center will be FREE. An array of retail vendors, food vendors, resource and service vendors will round out the day’s robust offerings.

Felicia Johnson of Two Queens Production stated, “I am so excited about ‘Freedom Day.’ It is the inaugural Juneteenth celebration in Niagara Falls, on the historical site where Harriet Tubman, abolitionists, and supporters of human equality, lead many formerly enslaved freedom seekers to this port of freedom. I look forward to this celebration, becoming an annual event.”

    Caitlin Blue, the Visitor Experience Specialist at the Heritage Center, remarked, “As our struggle for liberation continues, we need to remember Juneteenth as a cause for celebration, a celebration for our ancestors. On this day, it’s important to remember their voices.”

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