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Lift Every Voice: Downtown Geneva Walking Tour

August 30, 2023, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The greenspace next to the First Methodist Church
Corner of William and Main Streets
Geneva, NY 14456

Art Kenney in front of his shoe shine business on Seneca Street.

Join Historic Geneva curator of collections John Marks for a walking tour in conjunction with the current Historic Geneva exhibit  Lift Every Voice: Geneva’s Black Community Since 1966. John will take participants along Seneca and Exchange Streets in downtown Geneva, looking at jobs held by Black Genevans and Black-owned businesses from the mid-1800s to today. What jobs were available to Black Genevans in the past? Where did they work (physical locations downtown)?  What businesses are there today?

The tour will begin at the greenspace next to the First Methodist Church at the corner of William and Main Streets. The tour will end at Bicentennial Park on Exchange Street. The tour will last no more than an hour.

The tour takes place rain or shine. Reservations are recommended but not required. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased in advance here through 5 p.m. on August 29. Payment can also be made at the beginning of the tour with exact change or a check. Call the Historic Geneva office at 315-789-5151 with questions or for more information.

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