Residents gather at Picknelly Field in Springfield to celebrate Juneteenth

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Local residents are celebrating Juneteenth and continuing to support the Black Lives Matter movement.   

A group of people gathered at the Picknelly field to bring awareness to the holiday and continue to promote Black Lives Matter.

The organizer of the protest told 22News support from people of all races and all towns will help end racism.

“A lot of white people care about justice, a lot of white Americans care about justice so we are out here showing our support for Black Lives Matter and our support for ending injustice,” Erin Freed said.

Juneteenth celebrates the day the remaining enslaved African-Americans in the U.S. were told that they were free. The holiday is celebrated in most cities across the country.

Activists are currently pushing for Juneteenth to become a national holiday.  

These standouts are done every Friday between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The organizer told 22News they will continue throughout the summer.

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