The first Memorial Day is attributed to Waterloo, NY but in fact it began alot further South by the least expected…
Memorial Day was started by former slaves on May, 1, 1865 in Charleston, SC to honor 257 dead Union Soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp. They dug up the bodies and worked for 2 weeks to give them a proper burial as gratitude for fighting for their freedom. They then held a parade of 10,000 people led by 2,800 Black children where they marched, sang and celebrated.
The fact that black people started the day of reverance is probable cause for there being two different Memorial Day observances throughout the North and South presently.
Note the Black American contribution is not mentioned:
[NEW MUSIC] LONNY BEREAL FT. ANTHONY HAMILTON &….”A Soldiers Cry”
In honor of Memorial Day this song arranged by an assembly of the industries’ leading male vocalists- evokes authentic tribute to those who serve and protect our liberty. #POWERFUL