Confederate Memorial Day Celebration | History Of SC Slide Collection

After Reconstruction ended, there gradually emerged in South Carolina, as in other parts of the South, a romanticization of the "old South" and the glories of the Confederacy--a period many chose to forget had been marked by hardship as well as uncertainty. Almost every town had lost many of its young men, and communities erected elaborate monuments to commemorate their lives and their service. The Lost Cause sentiment made these monuments a center for the celebration of Confederate Memorial Day, on May 10. This celebration in Georgetown at the turn of the century was marked by column ceremonies, with a procession that included the Georgetown Rifle Guards, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Winyah School children. From the Morgan Photograph Collection.

Courtesy of the Georgetown Public Library.