GDG- NPS & slavery
ATMackeyJr at aol.com
ATMackeyJr at aol.com
Wed Jan 4 21:14:39 CST 2012
In a message dated 1/4/2012 12:16:11 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
CWMHTours at aol.com writes:
Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
YOU tell me about the 200 slaves living at Arlington Cemetery.
But you're not interested, Peter. You've been very clear you don't
consider them "important" enough.
If you want to be an expert and complain then you step up to the plate
tell me all about the 200 slaves.
Fortunately, the NPS can do a good job:
And Arlington Cemetery:
Some other sources include:
And some professional historians:
And The Smithsonian:
And even amateurs:
I only know about two of them specifically. One whose name, I think, was
Selena was a "house slave". A servant of Mary C Lee. She stayed behind
when Mary went south and tried to keep the Yankees from destroying the
mansion when they occupied the place. Oddly enough, I haven't heard of
she is buried. Haven't heard that she is buried in the cemetery.
The other is a slave named, I think, John. He was born on the plantation
and is buried in it. Over by the Seneca Creek sandstone wall next to Ft
Myer where there is no gravel road.
That's about all I know.
Check out Wesley Norris, his sister, and his cousin.
The slaves at Arlington, like slaves all over this country, have a story
that is, for the most part, LOST.
I am not aware of anyone writing a book on the story of the slaves at Arl
Well, there IS a 1960 Harvard thesis:
Yes, 200 people were slaves. Do you think we should spend the WHOLE TIME
talking about them at the deletion of the others?
If so, good for you. Because that is the NPS program at Arlington.
200 slaves have their place. They should be talked about and pointed
I think it borders on rascism when the NPS MANDATES that you talk about
slaves and "relatively obscure" African-Americans in way that takes up
you could be using to talk about MORE IMPORTANT PEOPLE.
Obviously you don't think African Americans are important. To each his
Yes, I think Bull Halsey, Charles Wilkes, and Bruce Van Voorhees are more
significant than the first black female Tomb Guard. I'd rather talk
Why wasn't it MANDATED that we also talk about American Indians, like Ira
Hayes, Latinos and Asians?
You have to getting the message I hope.
Is it finally sinking in? The NPS places a higher PRIORITY on slavery
African-Americans at the expense of other races and topics.
Dig that? I've seen it.
Peter, are you hungry? Have a Snickers. : )
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