Tag: Race and Reunion: he Civil War in American Memory

  • Whatever Happened to Decoration Day?

    Decoration Day began on May 1, 1865, in Charleston, South Carolina, when an estimated ten thousand people, most of them former slaves, paraded to place flowers on the newly dug graves of 257 Union soldiers who had been buried without coffins behind the grandstand of a race course. They had been held in the infield […]