Riots still haunt Rochester 

50 years later, fear still shapes our community

Photo courtesy the City of Rochester, Rochester, New York. Rochester Images (www.libraryweb.org/lh/Rochester_Images)

Photo courtesy the City of Rochester, Rochester, New York. Rochester Images (www.libraryweb.org/lh/Rochester_Images)

The riots that forever changed Rochester began on July 24, 1964, at a Friday night street dance on Joseph Avenue. A chaperone asked two police officers for help with an intoxicated young man. The officers arrested the man, but a crowd surrounded…

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