Members of the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz kneel before a Black Lives Matter logo before the start of their game at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on July 30, 2020 in La Reunion, Florida. (Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images)

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Local sports teams and Beehive State organizations posted on social media to celebrate June 19.

June 19

Juneteenth is a federal holiday that is recognized annually on June 19. The holiday celebrates the emancipation of slaves in the United States.

On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger entered Texas and freed the last remaining slaves in the United States. Although President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, the state of Texas did not pass the laws quickly.

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

Celebrations include parades, religious ceremonies and festivals to commemorate the day.

Local teams celebrate on June 19

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RSL celebrates Juneteenth against San Jose

Real Salt Lake celebrated Juneteenth in the club’s game against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, June 18.

Ahead of the game, RSL announced specially designed scarves and game-worn jerseys to benefit the Utah-based Project Success Coalition, which sponsors the Juneteenth Festival in Ogden. The Juneteenth Festival has been Utah’s largest African-American event for over 30 years. Other community groups, including African Stars and Millcreek Promise Program, attended the game on Saturday.

“The significance of Juneteenth has been overlooked for far too long, and Real Salt Lake is proud to celebrate it during our game against San Jose,” the Real Salt Lake president said. John Kimball. “Juneteenth is a major milestone in America’s journey toward equality and treating everyone with dignity and respect, an attitude we strive to uphold at RSL.”

The RSL Team Store has designed 150 special scarves for Saturday’s game, taking inspiration from Unity shirts created by Major League Soccer and Adidas. Proceeds from the sale went to Project Success Coalition.

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