Heavy rainfall and flooding mar a weekend meant to hail a return to a post-Covid normality.
Washington designated Juneteenth, which marks the end of slavery in the country, a federal holiday, with President Joe Biden urging Americans "to learn from our history".
Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas – two months after the Confederacy had surrendered.
As anti-racism protests resonate across the world after the unarmed black man George Floyd was killed in police custody in Minneapolis, we take a look at the monuments knocked down in the US:
Protesters toppled the statue of Confederate General Albert Pike. Earlier, people celebrated Juneteenth which marks the day when a Union general arrived in Galveston, Texas and informed slaves that they were free.
Demonstrations, prayers and cultural celebrations of food and music will enliven communities from New York to Los Angeles to honour the day in 1865 when a Union general proclaimed in Galveston, Texas that all slaves were free.
US prosecutors charged police officer who shot Rayshard Brooks in the back with felony murder, saying that the black man posed no threat when he was gunned down.
US President Trump had faced criticism over scheduling his first campaign rally in months on a day known by African Americans as Freedom Day and in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a city where white mobs massacred African-Americans a century ago.
In the wake of deaths of black people at the hands of police violence, there is once again a new opportunity to talk about race - the right way.
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