This year’s Juneteenth celebrations coincided with ongoing mass protests ignited by the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd. The holiday, also known as Emancipation Day, marks the day that enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, were finally informed of their freedom in 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. The festivities often include barbecues, parades, and special sales, especially at Black-owned businesses. An increasing number of companies are also giving employees the day off for the holiday.

Juneteenth events took place all over the city. Here’s a selection of photos from the Million Man March in the Loop, a car parade in the Douglas neighborhood on the South Side, and an evening demonstration for peace and equality.

Earlier this week, the Chicago City Council approved a resolution honoring the day but stopped short of declaring it an official city holiday because it would cost too much to give city workers the day off, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said. The state has not acted on bills proposed last year to make Juneteenth a state holiday,

Vashon Jordan Jr.

Vashon Jordan Jr. is a freelance photojournalist. Born and raised in Chicago, he strives to use his medium of photography to showcase authentic stories and moments of the people he encounters. He is currently...

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