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Memorial Day: Started By Former African American Slaves

HD_4USCinfantryDetail.previewMEMORIAL DAY WAS STARTED BY FORMER SLAVES | According to Professor David Blight of Yale University, the first Memorial Day took place on May 1, 1865 in Charleston, SC, after a group of African-Americans, mostly former slaves, gave 257 Union soldiers a proper burial.

The black community in Charleston then consecrated the new cemetary with “an unforgettable parade of 10,000 people,” led by 3,000 black school children. It was initially called “Decoration Day.”

*One of my favorite movies of all time: “Glory.”

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2 thoughts on “Memorial Day: Started By Former African American Slaves

  1. I am proud and happy to see this article acknowledging the honor the former slaves gave to those who fought and died for freedom. Let freedom Ring and the truth be told!

    Posted by suzette coates | May 26, 2014, 8:43 pm

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