Memorial Day is celebrated every May but few people know that it has strong southern and African American Roots. According to SavingPlaces.org, ” 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
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