- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Public officials and community leaders in Rochester are marking the 50th anniversary of race riots that drew national attention to the upstate city.

A special ceremony was held Wednesday night at High Falls on the Genesee River, and Mayor Lovely Warren has designated the next two days “Days of Remembrance and Re-Commitment.”

Racial tensions were already high in Rochester when the riots started 50 years ago Thursday after police arrested a 19-year-old black man during a street party. The violence lasted for three days and two nights and resulted in hundreds of arrests and millions of dollars in damage.

Five people died during the unrest, four of them from the crash of a helicopter that was surveying the damage.

Rochester’s riots came a week after riots erupted in Harlem.

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