Syracuse is proud to be home of one of the largest Juneteenth festivals in the country, attracting close to 30,000 each year. Celebrating in Jubilee Park and Clinton Square, the Syracuse Juneteenth Festival is the largest event of its kind in Central New York. Juneteenth is an opportunity to share with the Greater Syracuse community the history and culture of the African-American community. Music, history, the performing and visual arts, and ethnic foods are elements incorporated into the Juneteenth celebration. Activities are offered for all members of the family: children, teens, and adults.
Juneteenth Health Pavilion: More Than 300 People Screened
The Dr. Henry A. Washington Health Pavilion, organized by the Syracuse Black Nurses Association, was sponsored by Crouse Hospital. The pavilion was open from 1-5 p.m. in Clinton Square on Saturday, June 18. Crouse nursing staff were on site providing free blood pressure checks, healthcare proxy cards, medication records and a wide variety of helpful health-related information. The pavillion was a huge success, with more than 300 people having their blood pressure checked and reviewed.
Winston Gaskin Community Walk for Wellness
The third annual Winston Gaskin Community Walk for Wellness, sponsored by 100 Black Men of Syracuse, took place on Saturday, June 18 at Thornden Park. The purpose of the walk was to encourage and support healthy living and to encourage community residents, both young and seasoned, to enjoy the benefits of walking. Participants opted to walk a 1-mile, 2-mile or 3-mile route. The walk is named in honor of community volunteer and leader, Winston Gaskin, the first African American pharmacist in Syracuse, who, in 1964, opened Gaskin’s Prescription Pharmacy and Gaskin’s Beauty & Barber Supply at 607 South Avenue.