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An insurance agency in Millinocket, Maine, posted a hateful sign explaining its June 19 closure, inviting outrage and prompting Progressive and Allstate insurance companies to sever ties with the bureau.

A sign behind the window of the Harry E. Reed Insurance Agency read: “Juneteenth ― bullshit… We’re closed. Enjoy your fried chicken and collard greens.

“Racism in Millinocket is real,” wrote a woman who posted a photo of the sign on Facebook on Monday, when stock markets, post offices and many businesses closed for the national holiday.

Juneteenth honors June 19, 1865, when those still enslaved in Texas were declared free by the Union Army, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

Millinocket City Council President Steve Golieb said in a statement on Tuesday that the sign was “saddening” and “shameful.”

“There is no place in the town of Millinocket for such blatant disregard for human decency,” Golieb wrote.

Progressive spokesman Jeff Sibel said the insurer was “appalled” and “terminating our relationship with the agency,” CNBC reported.

Allstate also terminated its contract with Reed, NPR reported.

A swarm of posts on the agency’s Yelp page prompted the business review platform to suspend comments.

Repeated calls to the agency were met with a busy signal.



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