Google Earth view of Reed Agency in Millinocket, Maine.Google Earth view of Reed Agency in Millinocket, Maine.

An insurance agency in Millinocket, Maine, is facing online backlash after a photo of a sign was posted on Facebook. We're not open anymore. Enjoy your food.

The picture of the sign at the Harry E Reed Insurance Agency was originally shared by a Facebook user with the caption "the racism in Millinocket is real." More than 100 people have shared the original post.

I'm not upset. Anger doesn't get you anywhere. Ken Anderson commented on the post and said he was deeply disappointed. In the companies that allow this business to broker their products, in the town of Millinocket, in the state of Maine, and the entire country. It was deeply disappointing. What's the reason? We can do better. We aren't attempting. That's the part that cuts the deepest.

Juneteenth is a federal holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the state of Texas in 1865, and many businesses celebrated it on Monday.

Since the image of the sign began circulating online, people have taken to online review site Yelp to condemn the insurance agency.

The Harry E Reed Insurance Agency temporarily disabled the ability to post on their page due to an influx of people posting their views to this page. While racism has no place on Yelp and we absolutely reject discrimination in any form, all reviews must reflect an actual first-hand consumer experience.

The agency received a lot of one-star reviews, with many people condemning it as racist.

Jeff Sibel, a spokesman for Progressive, said in a statement, "We're appalled by the sign recently posted at the Harry E Reed Agency and are ending our relationship with them."

Diverse, Equity and Inclusion are fundamental to our core values. Sibel said that the sign was in violation of the company's Core Values and Code of Conduct.

Steve Golieb is the chair of the town council.

Golieb's said that Juneteenth is deeply saddening and unacceptable for any person, business or organization to attempt to make light of it. There is no place in the Town of Millinocket for this kind of behavior.

The insurance agency didn't reply to questions.

Juneteenth was recognized as a federal and state holiday by the state of Maine in June 2021.