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Packers will close facilities on Friday in observation of Juneteenth

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Team statement says day will be used for reflection and improving awareness of racial justice issues.

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The Green Bay Packers will close their businesses and offices on Friday, June 19 in observation of Juneteenth, a holiday which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

In a statement released by the team, president Mark Murphy said the Packers would use the day to “reflect on our own roles and opportunities to further our awareness of racial injustices and inequities and what we can do to affect positive change in our communities.”

The Packers’ statement indicated the team plans to close their facilities every year on June 19 moving forward.

Juneteenth has been celebrated since June 19, 1865, when the emancipation of slaves was announced in Texas.

In the wake of widespread protests around the country, the Packers have taken a few noteworthy steps in support of racial justice, including making a donation of $250,000 to racial justice organizations in Wisconsin, which Murphy matched with his own $250,000 donation.

The Packers also released a video calling for action on racial justice featuring several players from the team, including Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams, and Aaron Jones.