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20 Defining Photos of Athens in 2020

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The Red & Black Photo Desk compiled 20 of our photos from the most influential, defining moments of 2020. 

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Georgia football head coach Kirby Smart holds the Allstate Sugar Bowl trophy during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Baylor Bears 26-14 to claim the Sugar Bowl title. (Photo/Gabriella Audi,


A sign voicing the uncertainty of business operations hangs in the window of Vape Dynamics in downtown Athens, Georgia on Sunday, March 22, 2020. On Thursday, March 19, the Athens-Clarke County government passed mandatory "shelter-in-place" laws that forced the closure of "non-essential" businesses and urged citizens to avoid unecessary trips outside their homes, limit gatherings to 10 people, and maintain six feet of distance between others. (Photo/Taylor Gerlach)


A notice taped to empty Walmart shelves asks customers to limit the amount of cleaning and disinfecting items in Athens, Georgia on Friday, March 20, 2020.

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Police fire tear gas at protestors in Athens, Georgia just after midnight on Monday, June 1, 2020. Two non-violent protests started in the afternoon, both calling for racial justice and an end to police brutality following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis six days earlier. As the evening progressed, police forces surrounded the intersection with armored trucks, officers in riot gear and police cars. (Photo/Taylor Gerlach)

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Protesters hold signs, kneel every hour and listen to music on Saturday, June 6, 2020 in Athens, Georgia. These protesters chose to stay downtown after a rally organized by the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement ended. This marks the seventh consecutive day of protests in Athens that join with protests worldwide that call for racial justice and an end to police violence against minorities. The National Guard, GBI officers and Athens-Clarke County police were all on scene or staged nearby. (Photo/Taylor Gerlach; @taylormckenzie_photo)


A man stands with a bandana that reads, “I can’t breathe”. Thousands of people gathered downtown for a rally put on by Athens Anti Discrimination Movement on June 6, 2020, in Athens, Georgia. (Photo/ Kathryn Skeean,


Thousands of people pour down College Avenue as a graduate makes photos at the Arch. Thousands of people gathered downtown for a rally put on by Athens Anti Discrimination Movement on June 6, 2020, in Athens, Georgia. (Photo/ Kathryn Skeean,

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Two groups of protesters converge at City Hall in Athens, Georgia on Thursday, June 25, 2020. One group supported the Black Lives Matter movement and rallied against police violence, racial injustice and the then-proposed Athens-Clarke County budget, while the other group thanked and supported police. (Photo/Taylor Gerlach; @taylormckenzie_photo)


A piece of the monument is lifted away. The dismantling process of the Confederate monument on Broad Street began in the evening hours of Aug. 10 and worked into the early morning hours of Aug. 11, 2020, in Athens, Georgia. (Photo/ Kathryn Skeean,


A COVID-19 sign is posted on the door of a packed bar. Students and Athens residents made their way downtown to the bars on Aug. 18, 2020 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo/ Kathryn Skeean,


Students attend online classes inside UGA's Miller Learning Center on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020 in Athens, Georgia. Compared to previous first days of class, few students were present on campus, as many classes met online. (Photo/Taylor Gerlach; @taylormckenzie_photo)

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Steps away from police, a crowd waits to enter a bar in downtown Athens, Georgia on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. An Athens-Clarke County ordinance requires bars to close at 12 a.m. (Photo/Taylor Gerlach; @taylormckenzie_photo)


Scenes from before UGA’s football game against the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 in Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo/Julian Alexander,


A young guest rides on a wheelbarrow at the Milledge Avenue Baptist Church’s annual pumpkin patch on Sunday, October 18, 2020 in Athens, Georgia. All proceeds of pumpkin sales go towards the church. (Photo/Mackenzie Miles;


Family members approach the altar set up in the memory of Cabrera Lopez. Family, friends and community members gathered for a memorial walk and celebration of life in honor of Ana Gabriela Cabrera Lopez on Oct. 23, 2020, in Athens, Georgia. (Photo/ Kathryn Skeean,


A man part of a Trump Train yells out of his truck at rally participants. Mokah Jasmine Johnson hosted a rally with multiple speakers at the Arch ten days ahead of Election Day and days after being Zoom-bombed with racist comments. (Photo/ Kathryn Skeean,


Jon Ossoff makes a visit to Athens, Georgia on Monday, October 26th to speak with community members about his upcoming senate race against incumbent David Purdue. (Photo/Sophie Yaeger


A voter drops his ballot off at Fire Station Seven on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020, in Athens, Georgia. (Photo/ Kathryn Skeean,


Juliet Eden, a poll worker at the ACC Library, wears a mask made for her by her mother on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020, in Athens, Georgia. (Photo/ Kathryn Skeean,


Students return to school at Barrow Elementary School on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 in Athens, Georgia. Athens' students have the option of continuing online learning or opting for in-person instruction at Clarke County School District elementary and middle schools. This is the second week students have attended in-person classes since schools closed in March 2020 due to COVID-19. (Photo/Taylor Gerlach; @taylormckenzie_photo)