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Re: “Despite Protests from Black Lawmakers, House Adopts So-Called Heritage Protection Act

This is such an interesting discussion. As an American whose family dates back to the late 1600's in the Jamestown colony and whose family has been South of the Mason-Dixon line for generations, I feel fairly strongly on this subject. I have several family members who were Southerners who fought for the Union - not the Confederacy. My husband has many family members who also fought for the Union. Our son is a Civil War buff and we follow reenactments around the country. We are true Southerners and are very proud of our heritage.

With that said, if you study the Civil War, what you will find is that the original Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery in all states, only Southern states - most likely in an effort to cripple economic comeback by the states. Many Northerners continued to hold slaves as did states west of the Mississippi. In the South where the war was fought, including in our own Fort Negley, African-Americans - both those born into freedom and those freed at some point in their lives were conscripted by the Union forces to build the Fort. Many many AA died due to harsh conditions and lack of food.

To take away the names of streets, landmarks, etc. that may have represented a point in our history or represented the Confederacy (keeping in mind that the Confederacy was really a small blip in years on our historic landscape) is to erase American history. What an absurd idea to make that change and to create a revisionist landscape in our state. The Civil War - in effect the Confederacy - was only about 4 years. The South was part of the US before and was once again part the US after, but to attempt to erase the memory of what came prior to the reunification of the states in 1864 is truly shameful. Protect our heritage, I say, the good, the bad and the ugly that it may remind us all of who we were, who we are and who we can be in the future.

In regards to the NBF statue on 65. That is a privately owned statue. Yes, it is hideous but I do not think that has anything to do with the legislation that is mentioned in the article.

Those who do not know history's mistakes are doomed to repeat them. Celebrate the beauty but remember what was not.

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Posted by dcroy on 02/26/2013 at 10:55 PM

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