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Decoration Day of 1865

When: Sat., May 6, 2-4 p.m.

On May 1, 1865, newly freed African Americans, soldiers, local churches, and white missionaries of Charleston gathered at the Washington Race Course (now Hampton Park) to decorate the graves of the soldiers buried there and celebrate those that had given them, "a new birth of freedom." This first Decoration Day sparked a tradition in communities across the nation of celebrating freedom while honoring the sacrifices of those who had purchased it. Join us as we remember that first Decoration Day as those original celebrants at the original site.

Price: Free to attend

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