Juneteenth recognizes the end of slavery in United States of America and marks the anniversary of June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas, and announced that slavery was no more and that the Civil War had concluded.
Last June, Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the league would recognize Juneteenth as a holiday and the league's offices would be closed in observance.
On Saturday, teams from across the league have observed the day and its impact across social media.
Today marks Juneteenth: the date on which enslaved people in America were finally emancipated in 1865.— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) June 19, 2021
On this day we celebrate freedom while also recognizing the critical work in front of us to continue to combat racism in our society. pic.twitter.com/bjgvUWK1Rw
Celebrating #Juneteenth, the commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.— Green Bay Packers (@packers) June 19, 2021
The #Packers are supporting Juneteenth activities throughout the state & are taking the opportunity to reflect on roles & chances to further awareness of racial injustices & inequities. pic.twitter.com/mCzcOJnxAq
Join us in celebrating Juneteenth today by learning more about the holiday and how to take part in Philadelphia.— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) June 19, 2021