OLEAN, NY — In the beginning, a bit before 6 p.m. Friday, everyone seemed to be setting up for the Olean Juneteenth Black Lives Matter Rally in Franchot Park.

Volunteers were putting out refreshments under the roof of a shelter. One man used mitts as he took a casserole from his car.

Away from the crowd, in the shelter of a three-sided tent, a team of nurses prepared to take COVID-19 tests.

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Leo Wolters Tejera and Olean Racial Justice Coalition are sponsors of the event, which is scheduled to last until 9 p.m. 

Speakers are Della Moore, Daniel Gayton and Tejera.

Purchases of Black Lives Matter gear will support the African American Center for Cultural Development.

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