Many gathered to celebrate the lives of 1,377 Black folks killed at the hands of police during a Juneteenth celebration in Fort Greene Park.

People danced, sang and came together to celebrate freedom, the lives of those lost, and the fight for justice, in one of the city’s almost 100 gatherings this Juneteenth. The national holiday celebrating freedom for African Americans took place amid mass protests, that have seen hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers take to the streets demanding an end to systemic racism, especially in policing.

Fort Green Park Memorial for the 1377 Black citizens killed at the hands of police
Photo: Dennis Manuel

Organizer Gabriela Jimenez made posters and tags with the names of 1,377 Black people killed by police, and displayed them on fences and trees around the park as part of the day’s memorial.

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day for African Americans, originated in Texas to celebrate the freedom of more than 250,000 slaves at the close of the Civil War.


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Anna Bradley-Smith

Anna Bradley-Smith is Brooklyn-based reporter with bylines in NBC, VICE, Slate and others. Follow her on Twitter @annabradsmith.

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  1. Nice pictures, but I noticed that nobody ain’t wearing masks up in this piece. We have to do better Brooklyn or we are going to end up like Florida and Texas!

  2. Right because they don’t care about anybody but themselves and their historical oppression. Ain’t nobody AAVC

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