0 Happy Memorial Day!
Did you know that Charleston can lay claim to the first Memorial Day (then called Decoration Day)? That's right, on May 1, 1865, nearly 10,000 former slaves marched onto Washington Race Course (Hampton Park today), which during the last years of the War had been used as a temporary Confederate prison camp. Hundreds of Union soldiers died at the Race Course, and on that first Memorial Day, the former slaves gave the fallen soldiers a daylong funeral.
Let's all take a moment today to remember and give thanks to our soldiers.