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Rochester Race Riots Revisited

Last Updated by Matt Ryan on


This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Rochester Race Riots of 1964 when for three long days city residents along Joseph Avenue clashed with police. It got so bad that then-Governor Nelson Rockefeller had to call in the National Guard to help restore order. Over 1,000 people were arrested and hundreds were injured.

We tour the area affected five decades ago with Verdis Robinson, a professor of history and African-American studies at nearby Monroe Community College. Watch the full program above (story begins at 20:43).

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