GALLERY: 60th anniversary of Ax Handle Saturday

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Jacksonville NAACP reflects on 60th anniversary of Ax Handle Saturday

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Thursday marks the 60th anniversary of the 1960 sit-ins and Ax Handle Saturday, the day a mob of white men with axes and bats attacked young black people after a peaceful sit-in at a segregated lunch counter in downtown Jacksonville.

Above are photos of the event at James Weldon Johnson Park, formerly known as Hemming Park on Thursday.

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