150th anniversary of Civil War leaves some excluded

On Tuesday, Americans gathered to celebrate the beginning of the war that ended slavery in the United States.

To recreate this historic battle, approximately two dozen Union Army re-enactors raised a 33-star American flag in South Carolina's Charleston Harbor. Then the first shot was fired, Reuters reported, much like on April 12, 1861.

The National Park Service and the city of Charleston came together to plan this event, hoping to be true to history throughout the re-enactment.

However, there were many African Americans missing from the festivities.

According to the Associated Press this was not unexpected since many Civil War celebrations in the past have come to commend the Confederacy.

"I think it is very painful and raw," said the Rev. Joseph Darby of Charleston. Darby is African American and did not attend the events. "If you're going to be authentic in the way you re-create it, it would be hard to filter out the triumphal air of the firing on Fort Sumter."

One African American woman named Dot Scott is the president for the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and doesn't want to have anything to do with the celebration either.

"It's almost like celebrating with the enemy," she said. "I personally began to have a feeling of why would I want to be a part of it?"

However, the National Park Service is attempting to make the events celebrating the Civil War more welcoming and more hospitable for everyone in the coming years.

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