Charlottesville community celebrates Decoration Day

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The preservers of the Zion Cemetery held Decoration Day at the African-American Daughters of Zion Cemetery on Sunday.

The event celebrated an African-American tradition of laying flowers on tombstones after church the Sunday before Memorial Day.

It was part of Charlottesville's Unity Day celebrations.

City Councilor Kathy Galvin and Vice Mayor Heather Hill, along with other notable Charlottesville residents, attended the event.

Edwina St. Rose, a preserver of the cemetery, said this shows that the dead will always be remembered.

"I think it allows people to know that this is a cemetery here and that these people have not been forgotten when they pass and they see fresh flowers on the graves," she said.

The next Unity Day event will take place Monday night at CitySpace called Unity Days: Irish and Enslaved Peoples History and Railroad.

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