Photos were taken in Brooklyn and Manhattan, New York City on Friday, June 19, 2020 documenting Juneteenth celebrations. Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating June 19, 1865 when Union Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas to inform black slaves they were free and that the Civil War ended. Granger made his announcement more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863.
The Juneteenth celebrations in New York City this year brought thousands to rally and celebrate in the streets. This year’s holiday coincided with weeks-long Black Lives Matter rallies in the city and worldwide following the death of George Floyd after he was restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25.
“No justice, no peace,” said Justa, a Black Lives Matter demonstrator and a resident of East New York, Brooklyn, New York City. He gave a prayer for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and the Black Lives Matter movement at Cadman Plaza Park in Brooklyn, New York City.
To demonstrate as part of the Black Lives Matter movement, he put his job on hold after George Floyd was killed on May 25. Justa designs and sells t-shirts.
“George was the same exact age I was,” said Justa, who is 46. “He’s an African American man like me and I travel the world. That could have very well been me or my family.”
Photo Location: Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn, New York City. Painters paint benches with the colors of the Pan-African flag.
Demonstrators carry a portrait of George Floyd.
A Black Lives Matter demonstrator, right, holding a Haitian flag talks with an NYPD cop, left, near City Hall, Manhattan, New York City.
Photo Location: Outside City Hall, Manhattan, New York City.
Photo Location: The Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan side, New York City.
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Photos by Jimin Kim, 6/19/20
Juneteenth NYC After Death of George Floyd