Our eighth free and inclusive Monday night community bike ride of 2021 marks our debut at Hertel Avenue soul food spot Je Ne Sais Quoi for annual Juneteenth Ride in collaboration with Juneteenth of Buffalo, honoring the oldest known observance of the ending of slavery in the United States. According to historical records, the celebration began on June 19, 1865, the day Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army rode into Galveston, Texas, in final execution of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Juneteenth of Buffalo was started in 1976 by B.U.I.L.D., a community-based organization, as a culturally relevant alternative to the country’s Bicentennial Celebration. The group blocked off part of Jefferson Avenue – the “Main Street” of Buffalo’s Black community – for a weekend celebration. Murals were painted and vendors set up booths to sell ethnic foods and wares – entertainment and festivity were abundant. After several years, the Juneteenth Festival outgrew Jefferson Avenue and is now held in MLK Park, although only virtually this year.
Our 10-mile roundtrip route with stops at Juneteenth headquarters and The Freedom Wall will include neighborhoods Central Park, Leroy, Grider, Moselle, MLK Park, Kingsley, Masten Park and Oxford along major streets Main, Fillmore, Genesee, Best, Jefferson, Ferry, Delaware, Colvin and Hertel.
We’ll return to Je Ne Sais Quoi for our Buffalocal afterparty with food, drinks and fellowship.
Thanks to Independent Health for continued support of Slow Roll Buffalo since 2015.