Memorial day was started by slaves on May 1 1865

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#1 May 25, 2014
KNOW YOUR HISTORY: 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.
Sir Jethro

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#2 May 25, 2014

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#3 May 25, 2014
The first widely publicized observance of a Memorial Day-type observance after the Civil War was in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 1, 1865. During the war, Union soldiers who were prisoners of war had been held at the Charleston Race Course; at least 257 Union prisoners died there and were hastily buried in unmarked graves.[12] Together with teachers and missionaries, black residents of Charleston organized a May Day ceremony in 1865, 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 school children newly enrolled in freedmen's schools, mutual aid societies, Union troops, black ministers, and white northern missionaries. Most brought flowers to lay on the burial field. Today the site is used as Hampton Park.[13] 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.[14]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day

From your own link, Jethro.....ratings do NOT change the facts....Nice try though.....smh.....

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#4 May 25, 2014
Oh god here we go again lol
Sir Jethro

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#5 May 25, 2014
NotSoDivineMsM wrote:
The first widely publicized observance of a Memorial Day-type observance after the Civil War was in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 1, 1865. During the war, Union soldiers who were prisoners of war had been held at the Charleston Race Course; at least 257 Union prisoners died there and were hastily buried in unmarked graves.[12] Together with teachers and missionaries, black residents of Charleston organized a May Day ceremony in 1865, 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 school children newly enrolled in freedmen's schools, mutual aid societies, Union troops, black ministers, and white northern missionaries. Most brought flowers to lay on the burial field. Today the site is used as Hampton Park.[13] 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.[14]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day
From your own link, Jethro.....ratings do NOT change the facts....Nice try though.....smh.....
there is authentic documentation that women in Savannah, Georgia, decorated Confederate soldiers' graves in 1862.[8] In 1863, the cemetery dedication at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was a ceremony of commemoration at the graves of dead soldiers. Local historians in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, claim that ladies there decorated soldiers' graves on July 4, 1864.[9] As a result, Boalsburg promotes itself as the birthplace of Memorial Day
Allen

Clover, SC

#6 May 25, 2014
You blacks try to claim anything... now Memorial Day.
LMAO!!!

I bet if I took a sh1t at a public restroom how many blacks would claim they did it.

Geez!
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#7 May 26, 2014
Memorial Day is a "Holy American Military Holiday" which had absolutely nothing to do with n!@@ers, I do know that.

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#8 May 26, 2014
Allen wrote:
You blacks try to claim anything... now Memorial Day.
LMAO!!!
I bet if I took a sh1t at a public restroom how many blacks would claim they did it.
Geez!
You whites steal everything, don't ya'll claim to have discovered America? Laugh your white @ss at that.

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#9 May 26, 2014
STOP WELFARE FOR NEGROES wrote:
Memorial Day is a "Holy American Military Holiday" which had absolutely nothing to do with n!@@ers, I do know that.
You thought you knew that but now you know the truth.
TruthHurts

Mclean, VA

#10 May 26, 2014
Black Guys claim everything but their Kids. The funniest things is None Of These Things Claim Blacks. Why, because no one wants to be associated with you people. If you Blacks want to claim something, why don't you claim an education and a better future for your kids. Start by cleaning up your Black Community and changing your nasty low self esteem attitude.

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#11 May 26, 2014
ChesterMolester wrote:
Black Guys claim everything but their Kids. The funniest things is None Of These Things Claim Blacks. Why, because no one wants to be associated with you people. If you Blacks want to claim something, why don't you claim an education and a better future for your kids. Start by cleaning up your Black Community and changing your nasty low self esteem attitude.
Worry about your kids and who's molesting them or who will be their molester. You might want to start looking in your own backyard.

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