by Debra Westbrook
Begun in the late 1800s by groups such as United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Confederate Memorial Day was a celebrated day in the south. The Ladies Memorial Associations of the late 1800s were among the first groups to commemorate Memorial Day in the South. During these early years of Memorial Days celebrations, children were involved in cemetery care of fallen heroes. School children participated in the ceremonies or were part of the crowds which flocked into town to honor those who fought in the War Between the States. In North Carolina, it was celebrated on May 10 which was Stonewall Jackson’s birthday.
The photograph above is a testament to the Confederate Memorial Day in Clinton. In this photo, local school children are going to decorate the local graves and monuments of the brave dead.