There’s probably an official name for this, but basically just off the main strip of Coney Island’s boardwalk, a congregation of peeps were gathered to celebrate freedom and mourn those that died when slave ships crossed over to America. I witnessed many people in t-shirts demanding reparations for slavery, and equal numbers of curious onlookers. The old man in the first picture carrying a large ankh in each hand (symbolizing life and immortality in Egyptian culture) was quite friendly, explaining to me why they were there. Despite the white robes or traditional African dress most of them were in, it was kind of funny to see an amalgamation with a very American tradition – a brass and drum marching band. Only in New York.