The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center will host June 19th celebration events for over a week starting Friday.
In addition to the week full of activities, the heritage center organizes special events on June 16, which falls on Sunday this year:
• Freedom Conversation tours from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
• Hanging Bridge Village Walking Tour 3:30-4:30pm (tour starts at the Heritage Center).
• Presentation at the Buffalo Juneteenth Festival/Parade, from noon to 2 p.m.
During the parade, visitors can also stop by the table outside in Tubman Plaza to speak with someone from the Heritage Center.
Additionally, the Heritage Center hosts Freedom Conversation tours from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Monday, the conference “Underground Railroad and the Seeds of Afro Futurism” collaboration with the author dann j. Broyld and artist Ellex Swavoni will take place from 6-7:30 p.m.
Broyd will discuss his book, “Borderland Blacks: Two Cities in the Niagara Region during the Final Decades of Slavery” and Swavoni will present his works.
On Friday, June 24, “Voices of Freedom” will take place at 3:30 p.m. at Tubman Plaza. The Bel Canto Youth Chorus of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania will perform songs related to the Underground Railroad, liberation and celebration of Juneteenth.
On June 25, a dinner and tour will take place at the heritage center beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event includes a tour, conversation about the significance of Juneteenth, and dinner with the center team which is included in $10 admission ticket. Registration is compulsory and closed to 60 people.