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BOSTON (WHDH) — Thousands of people across Boston celebrated June 16 on Saturday after two years of virtual events.

June 16 commemorates the end of slavery in the United States and was declared a federal holiday last year. In Hyde Park, community leaders told the crowd that while slavery officially ended with the freeing of slaves in Galveston, Texas, the US is still dealing with its effects.

“Even though we have so many struggles in our community because of the legacy of slavery, we carry on and the struggle continues,” Minister Rodney Muhammad said.

In Franklin Park, families enjoyed music and shopped in tents erected by black-owned businesses.

“I think it’s very important to support black businesses because that’s how we create generational wealth,” said Lisa Muhammad. “Our children are only 30 percent of the population, but they are 100 percent the solution.”

Attendees said they were glad so many people came to celebrate their community.

“Everybody’s getting along, happy with their families, that’s all that matters, you know,” said Stephanie Gordon.

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