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An Open Report / Election Poll Worker / Duke University Documentary
On Saturday, October 25, 2008 and continuing on through Saturday, November 1, 2008, I would began a stint as a poll worker for a dear friend, John Carroll, who is seeking the office of County Commissioner in the County of Buncombe here in North Carolina. As I had anticipated my presence at the polling area would generate conversation about my activities concerning the Southern Cross, I soon found myself daily lecturing at every spare moment. I just happened to be the lone Republican at the poll location in the Innsbrook Mall, and most of the time, the only Southerner, and you better believe that an announcement would be made from one lady in particular to the citizens who would stop, that old Edgerton was a Republican and the man who carried the Confederate flag. To her disappointment, this did not deter the love that was shown to me by the majority of people who would pass on their way to vote. One lady would retort, you better be glad that HK is over here, somebody might think that he is supporting your candidates and vote for them.
I must report that there were some very honorable and open minded Northern folks who were there at the polling place, and none more apparent than Ms. Blair Miller, the daughter of Medal of Honor recipient, the Honorable Michael J. Daily. She had never heard of the accountings that I would tell her about the late unpleasantness of the War Between the States, and I was so happy that I had a copy of Mike Scruggs award winning Un-Civil War collector’s edition to also present to her. For many of my Northern friends, the truth would hurt, but it had been a great week in Dixie for me and I am sure for my candidate. I am glad that they pushed my button.
Sunday, November 2, 2008, I thought would be a day of rest. However, I would be visited by two young students from Duke University, (Ashley Cryon & Amos) who have been working on a documentary class project about my activities with the Southern Cross. Ashley wanted to visit some of the places that I have journeyed in and around my hometown with the Battle flag. Our first stop was over a bridge of Interstate 26 & 40. No sooner than Ashley and Amos had gone below the bridge to film me, than I would be visited by two young Asheville police officers who would tell me that I had to remove myself from the bridge. I politely declined to do that and informed them that I had been coming to this bridge for over 12 years and had never been asked to leave it by either a city, county or state police. They politely informed me that they would check with their supervisor. After pulling across the bridge and parking for a short time, they would pull off, and I would continue waving and interacting with those who would pass by or stop for a chat as Ashley and Amos continued their filming.
We would leave the bridge and head into downtown Asheville. I would take them to the traffic island outside the Asheville civic center, another of my favorite spots. There just happened to be a gun show taking place at the civic center, and at the urging of Ashley we would enter. After hugging and greeting many of the participants at the show where Ashley and Amos to their surprise would be allowed to film after being at first denied entrance with their camera and moments later getting an ok because they were with me. We said our goodbyes to everyone and headed to the NAACP office where I would indicate to Ashley where the defense of my Southern homeland and the glorious flag that I now carried had begun. I would be greeted joyfully by many citizens along the way as we headed on to the Zebulon Vance monument and from there to the Black Historic District and the office where the NAACP was located under my tenure as its President.
We would end the afternoon at the Buncombe County courthouse, the site of the Confederate monument. My disappointment was obvious to Amos and Ashley as I recounted the story of young Diamone Mays who had asked the County Commissioner Chair for help in cleaning up the area around the monument. To his credit the Chairman would relay to Diamone that it was the responsibility of the City to perform the task of cleaning, planting grass, trimming the trees around the monument. It still has not been done after five months of her asking. Young Diamone has refused to accept the St. George Medal that has been bestowed upon her by the Sons of Confederate Veterans of Texas or to accept the Confederate Battle Flag that I carried to the Hunley Burial until such time that her request to clean up this area around the monuments. After a long day I would bid Ashley and Amos a safe adieu.