Ulster County to Host Juneteenth Freedom Celebration and Movie Screening on Friday, June 16

Posted June 7, 2023

KINGSTON, NY - Ulster County Executive Jen Metzger has announced that Ulster County Government will host a Juneteenth Freedom Celebration on Friday, June 16, followed by a screening of the movie, Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal

The Juneteenth Freedom Celebration event will run from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at T.R. Gallo Waterfront Park on West Strand Street in the City of Kingston. The celebration will feature a drum processional and libation honoring the land and ancestors, history presentation, a presentation by the Ulster County Truth & Reconciliation Commission, and a Juneteenth proclamation by the County Executive. 

               Event:                2023 Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration

               Date:                  Friday, June 16, 2023  

               Time:                  4:00-6:00 pm

               Location:         T.R. Gallo Waterfront Park 

                                             West Strand Street, Kingston NY 12401

The celebration will continue with a film screening of Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal, followed by a panel discussion about the film and how lessons from the film can be applied today. The screening and panel discussion will be held at the Ulster County Restorative Justice Center at 733 Broadway, Kingston NY from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. 

The film explores how, in the 1960s, federally funded urban renewal projects destroyed hundreds of working-class urban communities across America. The film chronicles how one such project impacted the Rondout neighborhood of the City of Kingston, demolishing nearly 500 buildings, displacing thousands of people, and destroying a Black middle-class neighborhood. The panel will feature filmmaker Lynn Woods, community members who experienced the urban renewal period, and subject matter experts.

               Event:                Film Screening and Panel Discussion

               Date:                  Friday, June 16, 2023 

               Time:                  6:00-8:00 pm

               Location:         Ulster County Restorative Justice Center 

                                             733 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401


All are welcome and encouraged to attend these free and important events.




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