Did You Know African Americans Held The First Memorial Day?
Back in 1865 African Americans celebrated what was called “Decoration Day.” This holiday is now known as Memorial Day. This is a little known history fact that was discovered by Yale University history Professor David Blight. Apparently, 15 years ago Blight was doing research for a book when he stumbled upon a box of unorganized papers of a Union veterans’ organization.
Three years earlier the commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic requested Union veterans’ organizations to decorate the graves of all dead soldiers, blacks in Charleston, South Carolina in 1865 held their own “Decoration Day” to honor the Union’s war deceaced.
Professor Blight said:
“That shows that some parts of history can be lost, depending on who’s in control.”
Is this information something that you were ever taught in school? Will you share this with your children?