Today is Memorial Day in the U.S. — a day where we have a focus on remembering the men and women who’ve given their lives in military service protecting our freedoms.
This historical tidbit is one I hadn’t heard of until recently, and I thought I’d share it:
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 (Race Course prison camp which later became Hampton Park), former slaves 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.
Photo and some information: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=thread&address=10022910916
More information: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20090524/PC1602/305249938
And Snopes for good measure: http://www.snopes.com/military/memorialday.asp