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ROME — “This is what happens when a community comes together,” Jackie Nelson, president of the Rome Branch NAACP, said Saturday of the second annual Juneteenth Celebration Weekend in Bellamy Harbor Park.

The free, open-to-the-public event was hosted by the Rome Branch NAACP in partnership with the City of Rome. Although it celebrated “a not-so-great moment in our history,” Nelson said, the celebration itself was quite festive and friendly.