GDG- NPS & slavery
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Wed Jan 4 14:30:02 CST 2012
I must apologize for failing to adequately communicate. My fault
The tour script of Tourmobile was overseen by the NPS. Every word of it.
NPS put "spies" on the trams to ensure that we were doing what they
wanted. Actually I don't have all that much of a problem with being spied on.
As for being 20 years ago that is a reference when I worked on a daily
basis at Tourmobile being overseen by the NPS.
I have mentioned, in my faulty way, that the phenomenon was still
occuring. Last spring I was standing by the Tourmobile stop at the Kennedys
waiting for a group to return. A Tourmoblie came up. Open air. Heard the guy
mention Thurgood Marshall in the Supreme Court section but none of the other
Justices or Hyman Rickover.
The tram stops. People get off. People get on. Tram pulls out and he
Over there is Daniel Chappie James, etc. Thank God the next guy was
Richard E Byrd.
I was standing right in front of Robert Eichelberger. I could see Bull
Halsey and Charles Wilkes. Wouldn't tourists want to see the grave of the
man who discovered a whole continent? Or the admiral who sent Doolittle
over Tokyo? Or McArthur's right hand man in WW II?
They didn't get mentioned. Chappie James's 4 stars were mentioned. But
there are 100s of 4-star generals in Arlington who did more important
things. Like Eichelberger.
All I know about the Gettysburg Visitor Center is what people have told me
and what I have read in publications like Civil War News. Because of the
complaints and criticisms I have heard I have avoided the place. I am
tired of the NPS over emphasis on slavery. I'd rather spend my money on French
Onion Soup at the Dobbin House.
Your Most Obedient Servant,
In a message dated 1/4/2012 2:24:34 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
denlaw at gojade.org writes:
Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
>My complaint, if you had comprehended it correctly, is that in 1992 when
>worked for the NPS/Tourmobile the NPS had a deliberate program of
>over-emphasizing African-Americans and slavery over other topics
>that were even
>Are you getting that? If there is a scale of "importance" in terms of
>people buried there then many people who were not African-American were
>not mentioned because the NPS MANDATED that we talk about the lesser
>important Blacks. We were REPRIMANDED if we didn't talk about
>Chappie James and
>instead talked about Bull Halsey and Charles Wilkes.
>And the same program appears to be going on at the Gettysburg V.C.
I think part of the reason you are getting blowback on this is
that you are talking about a training that is almost 20 years ago and
then saying the same thing is going on at Gettysburg. It all comes
across as a sweeping generalization based on your experience that is
not connected to Gettysburg, almost 20 years later, and ignoring the
fact that GNMP is operating under a specific federal mandate of
interpretation, not tourmobile rules.
The training you had does sound misguided, but what evidence do you
have there is any connection to the presentation at Gettysburg? Are
you privy to training or details of the presentation at Gettysburg
that you can share?
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