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Black Lives Matter Event Peaceful, No Issues


 UPDATED WITH PHOTOS by Soles

Screen Shot 2020-06-08 at 9.7.31Leaving Proprietors Park the crowd walked to Monmouth Street

Screen Shot 2020-06-08 at 8.56.57The protestors head east on Monmouth Street 

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Proprietors Park, Gloucester City NJ

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Proprietors Park, Gloucester City NJ

Screen Shot 2020-06-08 at 8.56.08Prayers said at the Epiphany Church (Monmouth and Sussex Sts)

Screen Shot 2020-06-08 at 8.55.27Prayers said at St. Marys Church (Monmouth and  Atlantic Sts)

 

 

by Dawn O. Watson | CNBNews Contributor

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GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (June 7, 2020)(CNBNewsnet)—An estimated 150 to 200 people came out to the Black Lives Matter protest on Sunday, June 7 held at Proprietors Park, King and Jersey Avenues. The event was organized by Vanessa Lamb, a Gloucester City resident. The   rally came about after the unnecessary death of  George Floyd who died last month in Minneapolis Minnesota while he was being arrested by police officer Derek Chauvin. On May 25, 2020, Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died after white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on the street.

Lamb said earlier in published comments, "this event is about EVERYONE VERSUS RACISM. And the change we all want to see begins with our own community. These peaceful protests are popping up all over Camden County. If we didn’t complete one in Gloucester City, what would that say about us? It’s not enough to be silent anymore. We need to be anti-racist."

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Those interviewed at Sunday's peaceful event in Gloucester City  said they were there to show   discrimination doesn’t live here;  that they stand with their brothers and sisters of color;  and  all lives matter. One individual held a sign that showed a Caucasian hand grasping a Black hand with the phrase, “I am angry. I am here. How can I help?” written underneath it.

The crowd marched from Proprietors Park north on King Street to Monmouth and headed east stopping along the way at the Epiphany Church and St. Mary's for prayers.  

 People lined the streets, clutching their children by the hand, seeming to explain why we marched. With a crowd of about two hundred individuals it was a dramatic show of unity from a town that once experienced racial prejudice. 

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In a recent interview with CNBNews Gloucester City Police Chief Brian Morrell said that prejudice is a thing of the past. "Twenty years or so ago Gloucester City became integrated. We have had no racial problems. From what I have witnessed all the races living here, both the young and old get along. "

 

Gloucester City Police Lt. Steve Burkhardt, spokesperson for the department, said there afterwards, "Everything went well. No issues with any protesters or anti-protestors."

CNBNews photo credit Dawn Watson

 

Related: 

An Interview with Gloucester City Police Chief Brian Morrell Regarding Black Lives Matter Event

Black Lives Matters Protest in Gloucester City

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