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Photos: Anchorage celebrates Juneteenth with festivities at Northway Mall

Gail Jackson is framed in a tambourine as she leads a drum circle at the Northway Mall in Anchorage on Saturday, June 19, 2021. (Bob Hallinen photo)

Hundreds of people gathered for the Juneteenth Citywide Celebration at the Northway Mall in East Anchorage on Saturday. Juneteenth — commemorating June 19, 1865, the day news of their freedom reached enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, two months after the Confederacy surrendered — was made a federal holiday this week.

Signs with the names of Black people killed by the police in the U.S. line the way to a drum circle, led by Gail Jackson, at the Juneteenth Celebration. (Bob Hallinen photo)
Ed Wesley speaks about the proud history of Black people in the United States and Alaska at the Juneteenth Celebration at the Northway Mall. (Bob Hallinen photo)
Dancers move to the music at the Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday. (Bob Hallinen photo)
David (who only gave his first name) shows the T-shirt he got from the UAA Student Life Leadership booth at the Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday. (Bob Hallinen photo)
Darryl Richardson, of Mr. Darryl's Southern BBQ food truck, mans the grill at the Juneteenth Celebration at the Northway Mall. (Bob Hallinen photo)
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