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Bears close for Juneteenth, make it company holiday going forward

The Bears join NFL headquarters and several other teams in honoring the holiday that marks the end of slavery in the United States.

The Bears followed the NFL’s lead in making the holiday a permanent part of their calendar.
Annie Costabile

In a continued effort to promote racial equality, the Bears will close their offices in honor of Juneteenth on Friday and make it a company holiday going forward.

They will also commemorate it with Juneteenth-related content on their social media outlets. That will feature an appearance by running back Tarik Cohen on Instagram Live to show how he celebrates the holiday. They will also use their Twitter account for a special fundraiser for the DuSable Museum of African American History located in Washington Park.

Several other teams have made similar decisions, and the NFL announced last week Juneteenth will be a paid holiday for league office employees.

Juneteenth, a portmanteau of the date June 19, marks the day the last slaves were informed of the Emancipation Proclamation and freed in Texas in 1865.