Buccaneers Make Juneteenth A Holiday
In a statement released this morning, the Buccaneers announced that Juneteenth (June 19th) will be a holiday and team offices will be closed. Juneteenth is the official day that slaves were set free on June 19, 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger read a federal order in Galveston, Texas. Here is the statement released by the Buccaneers: “On Friday, June 19th, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will close the team’s offices to recognize Juneteenth. We must be purposeful in our reflection, acknowledgement and efforts towards achieving collective change in society. As we work together in this process, we must re-examine all manners in which cultural inequities that have existed for centuries to impact race relations.” On Friday, June 12th, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to NFL staff stating the league would recognize Juneteenth as a holiday as well and league offices would be closed.