Gov. Bruce Rauner canceled a Juneteenth event scheduled for Monday in Chicago over safety concerns.
Juneteenth marks the official end of slavery in the United States.
A number of community, clergy, and labor organizations were planning to protest at Rauner's event at the DuSable Museum of African American History.
"It is unfortunate that special interests politicized what was supposed to be a celebratory event," a spokesperson for the governor told NBC 5 Chicago. "Out of an abundance of caution and respect for the safety of visitors and the museum, we have regretfully cancelled the planned Juneteenth event at the DuSable Museum."
South Side religious leader Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church was among those blasting Rauner's planned appearance, calling it "disrespectful" to the African-American community.
"This man has abandoned and raped the community of resources," Pfleger wrote on social media Friday of Rauner's expected attendance at the event.