A group of citizens has gathered in front of the courthouse building on Main Street in Chatham to continue both a celebration of "Juneteenth" as well as the local protest "Protest for Progress" which began in Gretna on Friday.
Chatham police and Pittsylvania County deputies have closed Main Street between Pruden Street and Center Street.
Protesters, organized by Bishop Kell Stone through his ministry group which operates the Bridge Center in Gretna, have set up a band and are playing music beneath the tree to the right of the courthouse steps, which has been referred to as the "Justice Tree." Stone has claimed that it was used to hang African Americans in the past.
"We have a lot of the younger generation here now that does not have accurate information of history," Stone said. "A lot of young people are out here, we want to give them accurate information of where they come from that history, and also the county they live in."
On Friday, the same group organized a march down Main Street in Gretna, to protest what Stone believes are inequities in Pittsylvania County's institutions.
The protest is set to last until 8 p.m.