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On this date in 1865, former Black slaves started Memorial Day in America.

This occurred 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. Together with teachers and missionaries, Black residents of Charleston organized a May Day ceremony that year which was covered by the New York Tribune and other national papers.

The freedmen cleaned up and landscaped the burial ground, building an enclosure and an arch labeled, "Martyrs of the Race Course." Nearly ten thousand people, mostly freedmen, gathered on May 1 to commemorate the war dead. Involved were about 3,000 Black school children newly enrolled in Freedmen's schools, mutual aid societies, Union troops, Black ministers, and White northern missionaries. Most brought flowers to be placed on the burial field. Years later, the celebration would come to be called the "First Decoration Day" in the North.

David W. Blight described the day: "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.” Today the site is used as Hampton Park.

Cited from: http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/first-american-memorial-day-commemorated
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thevoice305radioshow Did you know that the first Blacks in Miami/South Florida weren't slave, and they weren't the Bahamians either. The first Blacks to touch South Florida were actually pirates! Yes, "yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum " pirates! One of the most famous Black pirates was Black Cesar, an African pirate who once sailed alongside the infamous Blackbeard. You could find him raiding ships in the 18th century off the coast of the Florida Keys. There's a small island in the upper Keys named Cesar's Rock in his honor. Black history is so much more than MLK , Malcolm X, Madame CJ Walker and all the other Black people they taught us about over and over again every single Black History Month in school. Seek to learn more that what's taught in school, especially since black history has to be taught as an elective and not incorporated into general history courses, but that's another discussion for another day . #staywoke #knowyourhistory #blackhistorymonth #miamihistory #ifreakinglovehistory 4h
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  •   nikkimechele Did you know that majority of the blacks in America used as slaves were not from Africa directly however all life descends from the motherland but there is much to be learned #historybuff #ilovehistory too 4h

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