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Bicentennial of Erie Canal celebrated in Rochester

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The Strong Museum commemorated the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal on Friday. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - This summer, Rochester is celebrating the waterway that helped to put the Flower City on the map.

The Strong Museum commemorated the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal on Friday.

The Strong in hosting a weekend of fun family activities celebrating the canal's vital importance to the history of the state of New York.

"This is an opporuntity for us to celebrate that history, the legacy of what we did," "Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said. "The human movements that I spoke about, the fact that the canal actually transported slaves on their way to freedom in some cases. Susan B. Anthony lived here. The abolitionist movement, there are so many human movements that coincided with commerce and transportation."

The canal celebration runs through Sunday at the Strong Museum. You can learn more about this weekend's celebrations here.

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