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Blacks Created The First Memorial Day


On this Memorial Day we honor the lives of the fallen heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. I dug up an overlooked Black History fact revealing insight into how the holiday started.  Lets’ take a look at the origin of the holiday.

In Charleston, South Carolina at the end of The Civil End thousands of Union prisoners bodies were being held at Washington’s Race Course. Hundreds of them died and their bodies were buried in a mass grave. After in the  Civil War a group of Black workmen dug up a mass grave of soldiers to give them a proper burial.  May 1, 1865 thousands gathered to march around the track in honor of the fallen soldiers.  This starting the Memorial Day tradition to honor the fallen. The holiday was first known a Decoration Day. Memorial Day became a nation holiday in 1971.

Did you know Black people created Memorial Day

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