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Leo the Lion celebrates Juneteenth

Jun 18, 2022, 5:00 PM
Leo the Lion celebrates Juneteenth....
RSL mascot Leo the Lion holds supplies as volunteers stuff backpacks during Stuff the Bus event in Sandy on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Photo credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Leo the Lion and Real Salt Lake officials are celebrating Juneteenth this year.

They are attending the Utah Juneteenth (Emancipation Day) Festival Celebration in Ogden. Then, the Soul Skate Celebration in Millcreek. 

“Real Salt Lake is excited to support and celebrate such an important holiday,” said Club President John Kimball. 

About Juneteenth

On June 19, 1865, Army Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger in Galveston, Texas, gave General Order No. 3

Texas was the last state of the Confederacy with institutional slavery until General Order No. 3. Shortly after the proclamation, the holiday formed. 

Furthermore, this federal holiday in the United States is the oldest national holiday celebrating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. 

According to the Juneteenth website, this holiday is celebrated for days, weeks, or even months in some areas.

Moreover, for over 150 years people have celebrated this holiday in the United States and beyond, said the webpage. 

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