Images of Decoration Day – The Original Memorial Day

Memorial Day is celebrated every May but few people know that it has strong southern and African American Roots. According to, ” Every May, the nation marks Memorial Day, the longstanding tradition we use to recognize fallen veterans. The holiday has its origins in “Decoration Day,” originally held in Charleston, South Carolina in 1865, when thousands of former slaves, Union soldiers, and missionaries honored Union soldiers who had died in a Confederate prison and were subsequently buried in a makeshift mass grave” To honor Decoration day, we are showcasing a few beautiful images representing the original celebration with strong links to the South Carolina lowcountry and Gullah heritage.  Check out these beautiful Images of Decoration Day – The Original Memorial Day and get inspired to celebrate this weekend.

Images of Decoration Day – The Original Memorial Day

Talk about a beautiful photo. We adore this classic photography showcasing a traditional lowcountry home and members of the community celebrating Decoration Day. The classic attire and use of shadow and light makes this a piece to add to your gallery wall collection for sure.
These black and white photo is a beautiful memory of Decoration Days of the past. We love seeing this large crowd shown in classic vintage photography. This piece would be beautiful in a gold antique frame with red and blue matting.
We can’t get enough of this beautiful Decoration Day art done by Beaufort based artist, Dianne Britton Dunham. The bold colors of this photo are absolutely gorgeous. Definitely a piece a Black Southern Belle should have in her collection.
This classic piece by Jonathan Green, a lowcountry native and world famous Gullah artist is a perfect representation of a classic Decoration Day celebration. We just adore the beautiful fashion showcased in this piece.

Be sure to share images of your Decoration Day celebrations on social media with the hashtag #blacksouthernbelle

Michiel Perry

Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂

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