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Diamone Mays And The Confederate Monument

Monday morning July 15, 2008, I would once again receive a phone call from little Diamone Mays informing me that the Confederate monument on the grounds of the Asheville Buncombe County courthouse was still in disarray. I am happy to report that I spoke with the Chairman of the County Commissioners Board not long after my initial conversation with Diamone. The Honorable Chairman Nathan Ramsey indicated to me that he had not seen the email that I had sent to the Commissioners voicing Diamoneís concerns. However, he gave me his word that he would immediately see to it that the necessary steps be taken to address those concerns.

I was somewhat sadden to tell Diamone that in all likelihood that I could not afford to take her to the National Sons of Confederate Re-Union that takes place this weekend in Concord, North Carolina, where she was to not only receive the Confederate Flag that I carried on the March to the Hunley bearing the Purple heart of an unknown soldier from Orangeburg, South Carolina, but she was also to be honored with Knighthood with induction into the Texas Division Mounted Color Guard, Texas Order of Saint George and receive itís Medal of Honor. She could sense my disappointment when I told her this. However, she gave me one of her heart warming smiles and said; thatís ok, at least you got Mr. Ramsey to take care of the monument, and we should take him a dozen roses when they finish the job. Diamone can be seen standing beside me in picture #84 in the photo section of the Southern Heritage 411 web site. (Direct link to picture below)