The Bengals encouraged fans to join them to celebrate Juneteenth, commemorating the effective end of slavery in the United States.
Through the team's social media channels and Bengals.com, the Bengals shared content to educate fans and highlight how Juneteenth is celebrated.
The holiday observes the end of slavery in the U.S. when slaves in Galveston, Texas, were finally informed of their freedom upon the arrival of federal troops on June 19, 1865 — two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and about two months after the end of the Civil War.
Juneteenth, a contraction of "June" and "nineteenth," is also known as Emancipation Day, Juneteenth Independence Day and Black Independence Day. It's been celebrated since 1866 and is now recognized as a federal holiday.
Fans are encouraged to learn about and celebrate the holiday, while also becoming active participants in the fight for equality and making a positive impact in our communities.
Fans can learn more about Juneteenth by clicking on the following links:
- New York Times story on the history of Juneteenth
- Congress approves bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday
- Juneteenth.com worldwide celebrations
- Juneteenth Wikipedia page
- Ohio Juneteenth Celebrations