GDG- NPS & slavery

CWMHTours at CWMHTours at
Mon Jan 2 17:41:35 CST 2012

My issue is simple-  you have some 250,000-300,000 people  buried in Arl 
Some of them did things far more important worth mentioning  that aren't 
where as some slavery related issues are,  "over  emphasized".
In 20 years I've never met or heard of anyone going to Arl Cem  to learn 
about slavery.
It has it's place.  But not beyond the proportion to the  population.  
G. Washington owned most of Arlington Cnty and much of the  rest of No. VA  
I wudda liked to have heard him talked about him a lot more  and his 
grandson who built the mansion.
That's all.  In analogy to the Gtysbg V.C. I think it is  exaggerated far 
beyond it's importance and relevence.
Your  Most Obedient Servant,

In a message dated 1/2/2012 6:32:43 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
jlawrence at writes:

Esteemed  GDG Member Contributes:

You know, when there are slave  quarters behind the Lee mansion in Arligton 
and the two slain Kennedy  brotheres (both strong civil rights advocates) 
buried there, I do not  see your issue.



My favorite historical site  at Arlington is in the back. The Confederate 
memorial (the one that the  SCV claims shows armed slaves fighting for the 
south but really does not)  is in the back with the Confederate graves. 
outside the gravel  maintenance parking lot. And behind the USCT burial 

Seems  kind of appropriate.


----- Original Message -----  
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Subject: GDG- NPS & slavery

> Esteemed GDG Member  Contributes:
> RE:  The emphasize on slavery and emancipation  at  battlefields sites it 
> is
> not just the  battlefields.
> In 1992 I began as a tourguide working as a  narrator on the  Tourmobile
> Trams in Wash, DC.  There was,  to me anyway, a rather bizarre 
> over-emphasis on
> slavery on  the tours.
> In particular Arlington Cemetery demanded that in  our "script"  that we
> make "X" number of references to slavery  and  African-Americans.
> Tourmobile was a contracted  service vendor to the NPS which  dictated the
> content of T's  tours.
> I really have no objection at all to making such   references.  But
> currently Afro-African Americans are 10%-15% of  the  population and they 
> deserve
> appropriate  attention.
> But if you ask me I think the proportion was way  out of whack  when it 
> came
> to the issue.
>  And most citizens know almost nothing of the history of the  cemetery  
> the plantation.
> I am convinced IMO that there was  less emphasis on George  Washington, 
> example, and his  descendents there that there should have  been while 
>  slave
> and African-Americans were over-emphasized.
>  There were plenty of other things there that could have been   mentioned.
> Had not slavery and A-A's been emphasized I think all  things  considered 
> much
> more important stuff was omitted  while we talked about slavery  and 
> Take the issue of race  out of it and they were topics far less  important
> than other  things.
> I can't imagine how many people visit Arl Cem for a  dose of  slave 
> but it must be practically  none.
> Where the motivation for this emphasis comes from I  don't  know.  But 
> again I have learned to be no admirer  of the  NPS.
> I have never been in the VC at Gtysbg.   I have heard  about the emphasis 
> on
> slavery in there and  have avoided the place.
> Who in their right mind comes to  Gettysburg to learn about  slavery?
> Your  Most  Obedient Servant,
> Peter
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