Memorial Day was born out of the collective trauma of the Civil War.

But that’s where agreement about the roots of the holiday ends.

According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, about two dozen cities in the country claim to be the …read more

Source: The Lowdown

The Hidden Roots of Memorial Day: A Holiday First Organized by Emancipated Blacks in Charleston, S.C. 26 May,2015Matthew Green


Matthew Green

Matthew Green is a digital media producer for KQED News. He previously produced The Lowdown, KQED’s multimedia news education blog. Matthew's written for numerous Bay Area publications, including the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle. He also taught journalism classes at Fremont High School in East Oakland.

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