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Illinois Civil War Gen. John Logan made Memorial Day a national holiday. Before that, it’s complicated.

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It was In Charleston, South Carolina, and the city’s Black residents had already reburied the Union soldiers who had died in a POW camp there. There, on May 1, 1865, three weeks after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, a parade of 10,000, led by 3,000 Black schoolchildren singing a Union marching song, commemorated the soldiers who had given their lives as “martyrs” for the cause of human freedom.

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