Memorial Day

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The first widely publicized observance of a Memorial Day-type observance after the Civil War was in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 1, 1865. Yale University professor David W. Blight described the day in a lecture:
“This was the first Memorial Day. African Americans invented Memorial Day in Charleston, South Carolina. What you have there is black Americans recently freed from slavery announcing to the world with their flowers, their feet, and their songs what the war had been about. What they basically were creating was the Independence Day of a Second American Revolution.”
Link to Professor Blight’s lecture: http://ow.ly/nqHv300CMB4 

BlackPast.org: http://ow.ly/bUGf300CQvh

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