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Freed slaves observed the country's first Memorial Day

Charleston - Memorial Day, once called Decoration Day, is a federal holiday observed on the last Monday in May. On this day we remember and honor the men and women who gave their lives while serving in the nation's armed services.
 

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Screen shot of cemetery at race track constructed by freed slaves of Charleston. Circa 1865.

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Screen shot of cemetery at race track constructed by freed slaves of Charleston. Circa 1865. Dan Welch, Education Programs Coordinator for the Gettysburg Foundation, delivers his winter lecture, "Martyrs of the Race Course - The Forgotten Decoration Day."
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