CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The City of Charleston will commemorate Decoration Day and unveil a historical marker Saturday at Hampton Park.
Mayor John Tecklenburg and History Commission member and Virginia College history professor Damon Fordham are expected to speak at the event. Hampton Park is where Decoration Day was first observed in Charleston on May 1, 1865.
The event will include the unveiling of "an improved historical marker," according to Charleston city spokesman Jack O'Toole.
At the first Decoration Day, early 10,000 former slaves marched onto the grounds of the Washington Race Course, where a prison camp had been established, to honor the lives of hundreds of Union soldiers who had died there during the Civil War.
Some believe that Decoration Day was the inspiration for the Memorial Day national holiday. Memorial Day falls on May 28.
The event begins at 1 p.m.