Protesters against racial inequality gather in downtown Franklin on June 4

Protestors against racial inequality gathered in downtown Franklin on June 4, 2020. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)
Protestors against racial inequality gathered in downtown Franklin on June 4, 2020. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)

Protestors against racial inequality gathered in downtown Franklin on June 4, 2020. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Protestors against racial inequality gathered in downtown Franklin on June 4, 2020. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Protestors against racial inequality gathered in downtown Franklin on June 4, 2020. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Protestors against racial inequality gathered in downtown Franklin on June 4, 2020. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Protestors against racial inequality gathered in downtown Franklin on June 4, 2020. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Protestors against racial inequality gathered in downtown Franklin on June 4, 2020. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Protestors against racial inequality gathered in downtown Franklin on June 4, 2020. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)
An event in support of ending racial inequality took place June 4 at 5 p.m. in the Public Square in downtown Franklin, where protesters gathered with signs reading "End white silence" and "Black Lives Matter."

The End White Silence Action is being organized by a Franklin resident and is intended to be a peaceful, two-phase call to action, organizers said. The first phase was the peaceful protest in downtown Franklin June 4; the second will be a car caravan from West Fowlkes Street to West Main Street in Franklin beginning June 6 at 10 a.m.

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I urge anyone who feels lost in this time of realization to not stay silent, to come share your belief and drive for change and to hold up the mirror for yourself and your privilege," the event organizer said in a description of the event. "If you have interest in attending, or helping get the word out for these events, please let me know. If you know of, or are planning for, your own action, please also reach out so we can be powerful together."

Franklin Police Department officials announced via social media they were aware of the event and said they were closely monitoring the situation.

"Franklin Police are aware of tonight's planned event on the square organized by a Franklin resident," officials said in a June 4 post on social media. "She has described in her social media post a peaceful assembly, holding signs."


Earlier this week, hundreds of Franklin residents and community leaders attended
a candlelight vigil in memory of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many more black Americans who were killed in recent weeks, while thousands of protestors marched through downtown Nashville in a protest against racism June 4.


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