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Decoration Day

May 9 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

On May 1st 1865 thousands of formerly enslaved people
marched to a Union cemetery near Charleston, South
Carolina. The marchers laid fresh-cut flowers at the graves, sang
songs and celebrated their freedom, purchased at such a
great cost during the Civil War.

In the years following the end of the war, communities
such as the Cemetery Community continued to celebrate
their freedom and honor the sacrifices that made it possible on Decoration Day..

Join us as we connect the present to the past with a celebration of our own that reminds us of the connection between the Civil War and the continuing struggle to ensure Civil Rights for all of us.


11 AM – Decoration Day Program

11:30 AM – Decoration of Stones River National Cemetery

1-3 PM – Food & Fun – Enjoy a number of games including cornhole, horse shoes and decorating a Maypole. Stop by the food truck for some lunch, and spend some time admiring exhibits created by local African American artists.


May 9
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Stones River National Battlefield
1563 North Thompson Lane
Murfreesboro, TN 37129 United States
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