This is the 49th consecutive festival for Juneteenth in Buffalo

This year marks Buffalo Juneteenth’s 49th consecutive celebration at MLK Jr. Park on the 15-16 of June. The Juneteenth Festival in Buffalo was originally created in 1976 by an organization within the community, B.U.I.L.D of Buffalo Inc.

Juneteenth has been consistently recognized and celebrated in the East Side of Buffalo, and this year the Bills are getting involved.

The Buffalo Bills Foundation is dedicated to aiding and helping solve issues regarding food insecurity and food deserts throughout the 716, and saw it fit to donate to the Juneteenth Agricultural Pavilion, which was founded in 2019.

The Foundation gave the Pavilion $15,000 to help with the festivities this weekend. 

The Bills and Sabres previously donated a combined $6,000 in 2022. 

The Juneteenth Agricultural Pavilion focuses on the contributions of African Americans in the farm-world and agricultural education. 

The Pavilion is in the park shelters by North Parade St. and Fillmore Ave.

Juneteenth is a holiday to commemorate those formerly enslaved in the United States. Juneteenth was first celebrated on June 19th in 1865 in Texas after many enslaved people were deemed free from slavery. 

The Bills have more educational resources on their website, where you can also find a series of valuable information regarding local resources and Black-owned businesses. 

More information about activités this weekend can be found here.

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