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James Strobert and Jamal Boddie pose for a picture at the Juneteenth Walk in Savannah, GA, on Wednesday, June 19, 2024.

James Strobert and Jamal Boddie pose for a picture at the Juneteenth Walk in Savannah, GA, on Wednesday, June 19, 2024.

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Theirry, age 2, sits on William Hester’s shoulders at the Juneteenth Walk in Savannah, GA, on Wednesday, June 19, 2024.

Theirry, age 2, sits on William Hester’s shoulders at the Juneteenth Walk in Savannah, GA, on Wednesday, June 19, 2024.

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Crowd gathers around Mayor Van R. Johnson at the Juneteenth Walk on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Savannah, GA.

Crowd gathers around Mayor Van R. Johnson at the Juneteenth Walk on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Savannah, GA.

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Mayor Van R. Johnson gives a speech at the Juneteenth Walk on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Savannah, GA.

Mayor Van R. Johnson gives a speech at the Juneteenth Walk on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Savannah, GA.

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Juneteenth Walk participants head to River Street on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Savannah, GA.

Juneteenth Walk participants head to River Street on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Savannah, GA.

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Juneteenth Walk participants gather on Riverstreet on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Savannah, GA.

Juneteenth Walk participants gather on Riverstreet on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Savannah, GA.

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Crowd observers cheer on participants at the Juneteenth Walk on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Savannah, GA.

Crowd observers cheer on participants at the Juneteenth Walk on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Savannah, GA.

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LaTonya McCoy, Venecia Stanley, Jora McDonald, and Jada McDonald pose for a picture at the Juneteenth Walk on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Savannah, GA.

LaTonya McCoy, Venecia Stanley, Jora McDonald, and Jada McDonald pose for a picture at the Juneteenth Walk on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Savannah, GA.

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Vavita Capers London waves at the camera while passing by at the Juneteenth Walk on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Savannah, GA.

Vavita Capers London waves at the camera while passing by at the Juneteenth Walk on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Savannah, GA.

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A vendor prepares for the Juneteenth Walk on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Savannah, GA.

A vendor prepares for the Juneteenth Walk on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Savannah, GA.

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Juneteenth Walk participants praying at the opening ceremony on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Savannah, GA.

Juneteenth Walk participants praying at the opening ceremony on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Savannah, GA.

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Juneteenth Walk participant takes a picture of himself with the crowd on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Savannah, GA.

Juneteenth Walk participant takes a picture of himself with the crowd on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Savannah, GA.

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Juneteenth Walk participants head to River Street on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Savannah, GA.

Juneteenth Walk participants head to River Street on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Savannah, GA.

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Mayor Van R. Johnson smiles as he talks to the crowd at the Juneteenth Walk on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Savannah, GA.

Mayor Van R. Johnson smiles as he talks to the crowd at the Juneteenth Walk on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Savannah, GA.

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Mayor Van R. Johnson gives a speech at the Juneteenth Walk on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Savannah, GA.

Mayor Van R. Johnson gives a speech at the Juneteenth Walk on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Savannah, GA.

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