Memorial Day was started by former slaves on May 1, 1865 in Charleston, South Carolina to honor 257 dead Union soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp. They worked for two weeks digging up the bodies and giving them proper burials in gratitude for their sacrifice for their freedom. Afterward, they held a parade of 10,000 people led by 2,800 black children singing, dancing, and celebrating.
Protester at the March on Washington, March 18, 1963 The Afro-Anglican Archives are part of the Archives’ mission to acknowledge under examined aspects of the Church’s spiritual and cultural heritage, drawing on evidence of its continuing evangelization to people of color and the descendants of the African diaspora. Copyright 2011. The Archives of the Episcopal Church (DFMS)