Thousands of people came to Grand Army Plaza for last week’s Juneteenth celebrations, filling the streets with music, dancing and calls for racial justice.

More than four gatherings were planned at the location throughout the day, which marks the liberation of 250,000 slaves in Texas in 1865, at the close of the Civil War. This Juneteenth had added significance, falling on the 23rd day of mass protests against systemic racism and police brutality in the city.

BLM-Juneteenth Celebration at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, 6/19/20 Photo: Dennis Manuel

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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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