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Photos: Boston’s Juneteenth 2020 events

Rallies, marches, and vigils were held in and around Boston to honor the day.

Protesters cheered during the rally in Dorchester. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

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Across the nation, Friday marked Juneteenth, a national day of celebration commemorating the emancipation of slaves in the United States.

Around the Boston area on Friday, rallies, marches, and vigils were held to honor the day.

Gov. Charlie Baker issued a proclamation recognizing the day as Juneteenth in Massachusetts. Earlier in the week, several Boston city councilors said they want to see the celebration become an official holiday in Boston. Both Gov. Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh weighed in on the proposal.

Here are photos from Friday’s Juneteenth celebrations in and around Boston.

Demonstrators move down Blue Hill Ave. during a Juneteenth awareness walk hosted by the Boys & Girls Club.

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Shannon Greaves chanted from behind a banner during a Juneteenth awareness walk hosted by the Boys and Girls Club at Franklin Park.

Nurse Anne-Marie Armand, of the Brookside Community Health Center, took part in a silent vigil in Jamaica Plain.

Attendees kneeled at a silent vigil for Black Lives Matter in Jamaica Plain.

Amina Sarr (right) smiles while passing the megaphone off to Patricia Charday during a Juneteenth awareness walk, hosted by the Boys & Girls Club, from their location on Talbot Ave. to Franklin Park on Friday.

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Jasmine Cline-Bailey shields her face as she listens to a speaker during a Black Lives Matter rally on Town Field in Dorchester.

Protesters cheered during the rally in Dorchester.

Abdullah Beckett, vice president of the UMass Boston NAACP chapter, installed “gravestones” with the names of 109 victims of racism as part of a #saymyname memorial ground art installation at UMass Boston.

Mariana Sano yelled at a counter protester during the Black Lives Matter rally on Town Field in Dorchester.

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Attendees clapped during the Black Lives Matter rally on Town Field in Dorchester.