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New York Celebrates Juneteenth, Marking 155 Years Since Abolition of Slavery - Video

© REUTERS / BRIAN SNYDERShannon Greaves helps lead a Juneteenth Awareness Walk to demonstrate against racial inequality in the aftermath of the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., June 18, 2020
Shannon Greaves helps lead a Juneteenth Awareness Walk to demonstrate against racial inequality in the aftermath of the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., June 18, 2020 - Sputnik International
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The event is being held amid nationwide protests and riots caused by the violent arrest and subsequent death of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis after white police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee to Floyd's neck for over eight minutes.

People gather in New York to celebrate Juneteenth, marching to city hall. The holiday has been celebrated since 19 June 1865, when Union Army general Gordon Granger marched into Galveston, Texas and announced the end of the war and the end of slavery. Texas was the most remote of the slave-holding states during the American Civil War.

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