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Juneteenth picnic in Jersey City

Members of For The People Foundation setting up for the the Liberty State Park in Jersey City. Photo by Shiyu Xu

Dozens of Jersey City residents gathered at the Liberty State Park today for a picnic to celebrate Juneteenth, the day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. 

Organized by Zay Black and For The People Foundation, the picnic with barbecue, free drinks and music attracted local families and friends to come together and support the black community. 

“It’s amazing to see that nationally more people are paying attention to Juneteenth,” Black said. “I love to see people of every color to come together and celebrate this important day and our freedom.”

The city’s Mayor Steve Fulop signed an executive order on Wednesday to make Juneteenth an official city holiday. 

Local residents at the the picnic. Photo by Shiyu Xu

A man making a poster for the Juneteenth picnic. Photo by Shiyu Xu

People dancing at the Juneteenth picnic. Photo by Shiyu Xu

Local residents at the Juneteenth picnic. Photo by Shiyu Xu

A family playing hide and seek at the Juneteenth picnic in Jersey City. Photo by Shiyu Xu

Free barbecue at the Juneteenth picnic in Jersey City. Photo by Shiyu Xu

Residents gathered at the Juneteenth picnic in Jersey City. Photo by Shiyu Xu

Local residents gathered at the Juneteenth picnic in Jersey City. Photo by Shiyu Xu