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Celebrating Juneteenth in Harlem

With drums, dance, song and inspirational words, Harlem commemorated Juneteenth, the new national holiday, on Sat., June 19.

Juneteenth marks the day, two months after the Civil War’s end, when the last enslaved African-Americans, in Texas, were informed by the Union Army that they were free.

(Photo by Q. Sakamaki)

This June 17, President Biden signed the holiday into law.

Q. Sakamaki, the award-winning photographer, who formerly lived in the East Village and now lives in Harlem, was on hand to document the celebration.

(Photo by Q. Sakamaki)
(Photo by Q. Sakamaki)
(Photo by Q. Sakamaki)
(Photo by Q. Sakamaki)

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