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Protesters in Washington pull down Confederate statue after day of demonstrations and celebration on Juneteenth

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 19: Crowds gather for music and dancing on Black Lives Matter Plaza to recognize Juneteenth and in Washington, District of Columbia on June 19, 2020. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)

Juneteenth in the District has long been a day of reflection, rallies and celebration. But after weeks of nonstop protests near the White House and throughout the nation’s capital, the holiday this year is also a day of defiance.

Invigorated by weeks of protests that began after the police killing of George Floyd, more than 20 rallies, marches and events were scheduled for Friday in the District.

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Here are some developments:

• Protesters on Friday night pulled down the statue of Confederate General Albert Pike near Judiciary Square.

• The long-standing monument to Washington Redskins founding owner George Preston Marshall, the last NFL owner to integrate his roster, was dismantled and removed from the grounds of RFK Stadium. The action followed years of lobbying by local residents who objected to memorializing an owner who opposed desegregation.

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