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TAMPA, Fla. — Across Tampa, people are commemorating Juneteenth with marches, rallies and messages of unity. The Gamma Zeta Lamda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha helped organize a gathering downtown.

“This is the 155th celebration of the anniversary of slaves in Texas finding out they had actually been freed by Emancipation Proclamation. And so today, we’re using this as an opportunity also to just to show solidarity with regard to the protest and with regard to seeking equality,” said member Frank Pyrtle III.

Dozens of people gathered for a march to Gaslight Park where they rallied with family, friends, neighbors and kids.

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