Black men gather at courthouse in honor of Juneteenth

Posted at 3:59 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 16:59:18-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Dozens of black men gathered in their suit and ties at Nashville's Birch Building in honor of Juneteenth.

The group with 1,000 Strong Nashville linked arms for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in memory of George Floyd. They stood in front of a statue of Judge Aldolpho Birch Jr.

He was the first black man to serve as Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

One of the men in attendance, Phillip McGee, said he and others wanted to do more than remember George Floyd -- they wanted to change the way people look at black men.

"I just wanted for people to see us not as a criminal, or whatever else the narrative may be for black men. I just wanted to do more on my part with people to look that look like me to control the narrative for people that look like me."