Was the first Memorial Day celebration in Charleston?

This April 1865 photo shows the graves of Union soldiers who died at the Race Course prison camp in Charleston, which would later become Hampton Park. On May 1 of that year, former slaves gave the fallen a daylong funeral.

There are a number of claims to the nation's First Memorial Day observance, but perhaps none is more valid than story of The Martyrs of the Race Course,

Post and Courier columnist Brian Hicks tells the tale in a 2009 story that still has people talking.

Read the story here: http://j.mp/1jM0oyc