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Sports world celebrates Juneteenth

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Juneteenth, a portmanteau of the words June and nineteenth, is a day honoring the end of slavery in the United States.

On June 19, 1865, Union army general Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas, and informed slaves that the Civil War had ended and slavery was abolished. Though President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation more than two years earlier, the remote geography of Texas meant that it was the last state in the Confederacy to receive the news.

Today, an increasing number of companies, including pro sports leagues and teams, are recognizing Juneteenth as a paid holiday in support of the black community and following widespread protests around the world against racial injustice and police brutality.

Much of the sports world took to social media Friday to commemorate and celebrate Juneteenth. Below is a sample of what was shared.







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