A More Perfect Union-Woodland Cemetery June 2012

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 06/24/2012 - 15:44.

Thank you today for a beautiful ceremony and a great family event. For all history buffs--Woodland Cemetery is a must visit destination. The Woodland Cemetery Foundation and today's volunteers put together a very special and touching family event.

1:00 Registration
2:00 Welcome and Introductions of Community Educators and Sponsors
2:10 Overview of Woodland Cemetery : Michelle A. Day, President, Woodland Cemetery Foundation
2:15 Invocation: Rev. Dr. Taylor Thompson, Pastor, St. John African American Methodist Episcopal Church and Contemporary Chorus
2:30 Unveiling of the United States Colored Troops Civil War Monument by Johns-Carabelli Co.
2:45 History Challenge Scavenger Hunt: Dr. Dorothy Salem
2:45-4:30 Bookmark check-off
4:30 Raffle


Retired Tri-C History Professor Dr. Dorothy Salem puts context to memorial

Discovering that Roots Run Deep

Reenactors Elisa Hanna and Patricia Bader Davey portray the life of Sara Lucy Bagby Johnson

Featured grave sites and tributes:

John Brown (Sec 10)
Robbie Brown (Sec C-3)
Eliza Bryant (Sec 40)
Carrie & William Clifford (Sec 43)
James Gayle (Sec 7)
Grand United Order of Odd Fellows (Sec 14)
John P. Green (Sec 49)
Samuel C. Green (Sec 64)
Sara Lucy Bagby Johnson (Sec D-3)
Robert Lipscomb (Sec B-2)
United States Colored Troops (BCW Monument)
Rev. Hiram Wilson (Sec 21)

 Community Activist Bob Render explains the origin of Labor Day

Woodland Cemetery Foundation provided a great family scavenger hunt challenge--to collect bookmarks on the significant African-Americans featured today.



Woodland Cemetery - Memorial Day 2015

A Day for Rememberin' -Dust up in Hudson

(Originally posted June 2021)

Thank you Eric Brewer for posting this alternative media analysis to the Hudson Memorial Day controversy. https://web.archive.org/web/20210620075236/

I know when I posted
this book image and a description of the fictionalized account of this historical event on Twitter I received a backlash from people who thought this was a product of
the "Critical Race Theory" movement.  It is not. 

This book and recent coverage of the buried "Tulsa Massacre" are not "revisionist" - these are accounts of real events that
the media at the time did not cover. 

We live in a media driven age.  Unfortunately - recorded history is not always accurate.  The Plain Dealer is our local
"Record of Note."  God help us.

Inspired by the True Events of the First Memorial Day

A moving tribute to the little-known history behind the first Memorial Day, illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award winner Floyd Cooper

Today is a special day. Eli knows it's important if he's allowed to miss one second of school, his "hard-earned right."

Inspired by true events and told through the eyes of a young boy, this is the deeply moving story about what is regarded as the first Memorial Day on May 1, 1865. Eli dresses up in his best clothes, Mama gathers the mayflowers, Papa straightens his hat, and together they join the crowds filling the streets of Charleston, South Carolina, with bouquets, crosses, and wreaths. Abolitionists, missionaries, teachers, military officers, and a sea of faces Black, Brown, and White, they march as one and sing for all those who gave their lives fighting for freedom during the Civil War.

With poignant prose and celebratory, powerful illustrations, A Day for Rememberin' shines light on the little-known history of this important holiday and reminds us never to forget the people who put their lives on the line for their country. The book is illustrated by award-winning illustrator Floyd Cooper and includes archival photos in the back matter, as well as an author's note, bibliography, timeline, and index.

Leah Henderson writes for young readers of all ages, and her books have been named a Children's Africana Book Awards Notable and a Bank Street Best Book. Leah holds an MFA in writing and is on the faculty of Spalding University's graduate writing program. She resides in Washington, D.C. Floyd Cooper has received a Coretta Scott King Award and three Coretta Scott King Honors for his illustrations. Mr. Cooper received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma. He lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, with his wife and children.; Floyd Cooper has won the Coretta Scott King Award and Honor multiple times. He was twice nominated for the NAACP Image Award and has received numerous other awards including the Bank Street College Book of the Year Honor. He lives in Easton, Pennsylvania. Visit Floyd's website at floydcooper.com, follow on Twitter @floycooper4 and Instagram at floyd.cooper.4.