Thousands of peaceful protesters marched through Broadway and around the state capitol June 13 in opposition to racism and police brutality.


The March for Justice, endorsed by Black Lives Matter Nashville, began at the Legislative Plaza downtown and flowed through Broadway as onlookers from the recently reopened honky tonks and bars looked down on protesters kneeling in the street between sidewalks barricaded by law enforcement officers in riot gear.

As the marchers made their way back up to the plaza and towards the state capitol, cries for police reform and the removal of the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest were directed to Gov. Bill Lee while law enforcement and members of the National Guard blocked the steps leading up to the building.

The march is the latest in a number of protests and events held downtown in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery as well as several other black Americans who have been killed in recent weeks.