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#ESSENCEGunsDown: Share Photos of Loved Ones You've Lost to Gun Violence

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Wall Of Remembrance
Photo Credit: Michael Rowe

The ESSENCE Festival is committed to bringing awareness to the gun violence plaguing our communities. For the second consecutive year, family members who have lost loved ones to gun violence can come together at the ESSENCE Festival Mother's Prayer Vigil being held Sunday, July 6.

The powerful moment unites mothers, sisters, grandmothers, aunts and all family members who share that unfortunate bond. This year, ESSENCE wants everyone—in New Orleans and beyond -- who has lost a relative due to gun violence to share photos and stories of loved ones with us. 

Find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #ESSENCEGunsDown to tag your photos. We'll celebrate their lives by posting their photos on the big screens at #ESSENCEFest.