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NFL Teams Celebrate Juneteenth

A detailed view of the NFL logo on the field during the NFL game between Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Teams from across the NFL posted on social media to celebrate Juneteenth 2020.

Juneteenth, which takes place on June 19, marks the 135th anniversary of the emancipation of slaves in the state of Texas.

NFL teams shared in celebrating the day with messages of freedom and education.

What is Juneteenth?

On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger marched into Texas and freed the last remaining slaves in the United States. Though President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, the remote state of Texas failed to adopt the laws quickly.

Juneteenth is a portmanteau of June and nineteenth. The day is also known as Emancipation Day and Freedom Day.

Most states across the United State celebrate the holiday. Celebrations include parades, religious ceremonies, and festivals to commemorate the day.

The organization Juneteenth Utah is hosting a block party at Washington Park in Salt Lake City on June 19 to celebrate.

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