Illinois Legislative Black Caucus gives a history lesson about the origins Memorial Day

memorial day no captionMemorial Day gives our nation an opportunity to remember and honor the lives that were lost for the freedoms we all cherish. Today, State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields) gave a telling history lesson about the origins of Memorial Day. Below is an excerpt of her speech. You can listen to Senator Hutchinson’s full speech by clicking the link below:

“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 dug up the bodies and worked for 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.”

Below is the link to the full floor speech:

https://soundcloud.com/blacksampson/hutchinson-memorial-day-speech

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