MEMORIAL DAY WAS STARTED BY A....

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TSR STAFF: Myeisha E.! @myeisha.essex _________________________________________ #Roommates, did you know that #MemorialDay is actually a part of Black history? That’s right, just like many other things in this country, we have our ancestors to thank for starting the holiday, which remembers people who’ve died while serving the United States of America. _________________________________________ According to David W. Blight, a Civil War historian at Yale University, on May 1, 1865 thousands of former slaves and other African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina came together to honor Union soldiers and give them a proper burial. The @WashingtonPost reports that many of these soliders were held as prisoners of war at a racetrack and their bodies were discarded in a mass grave. _________________________________________ In the first known Memorial Day parade, black schoolchildren, soldiers and freed slaves all gathered to honor those brave brothers and sisters. They covered their graves with flowers and sang patriotic songs. ________________________________________ “They were themselves the true patriots,” Blight wrote, before adding that newspaper coverage of the event “was suppressed by white Charlestonians in favor of their own version of the day.” _________________________________________ David W. Blight, who is also the director of Yale’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, is responsible for— read more at TheShadeRoom.com! 📷: @GettyImages

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Interesting read. I didn't know this. I didn't know that it was apart of our Black history heritage. 

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