Citizen Action to rally outside of Schenectady County Jail on Juneteenth Day

June 19, 2019 06:54 AM

SCHENECTADY- Wednesday is Juneteenth. It is the oldest known holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

It was on June 19th in 1865, that Union soldiers, arrived in Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended, and that the enslaved were now free.


A group chose this day to rally outside the Schenectady County Jail to call for an end to injustice and racial bias.

Citizen Action is putting on the rally. They say black people in Schenectady are 74 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana offenses than white people.

The rally is in front of the jail at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.


WNYT staff

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