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December 27 - Marker Unveiling
Yesterday, December 27, 2011, I would arrive too late for the unveiling of the marker for Confederate Veteran, the Honorable Rev. Smith Ferguson. However fate would lead me to join up with the Longstreet Zollicoffer Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans Commander Ron Jones and other members of which Terry Lee and I are proud Associate members at the office and old home place of the family of Rev. Ferguson, one of whom was present and had served as an advisor to six different Presidents, and the three young African babies who were adopted by this family from different tribes of Kenya.
The conversations at this encounter covered the span of the Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States and the role of the Southern African people, freed or indentured, and their loyalties to the Southland of America, then and now.
I mention this because as I sat there listening, I knew that no matter how much the learned White men of the Sons were about the subject matter, and learned they are. It was so important for those present, especially the little African babies to hear from me, a man donned in uniform of the Southern soldier as were my brothers, embracing the Confederate Battle flag in his arms. A man whose people were targeted as the weapon of choice for the propaganda machine north of the Mason Dixon to hide a terrible wrong inflicted upon those whose only crime was to follow the constitutional Law of the Founding Fathers.
The Honorable CSA General Patrick Cleyburne in his circular letter to his leaders, explained the importance of not letting the enemy steal the loyal African and use them as soldiers against the South, his family. He believed strongly that those Africans could help seal victory for the South, as I do now believe of this Cold War, one of which we are in jeopardy of not winning, as is indicative of the attack on the Shrine City, complicit by one of our own. Yet I look at the agenda of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and while I know that the Honorable Lt. Commander Kelly Barrows has written extensively about the role of the Black Confederate soldier, I would have hoped that in the City of Jackson, a man whose love, and determination for the spiritual development of the African people has no equal, that the name of the Honorable Stanley K. Lott, or the Honorable Nelson Wimbush, or the Honorable Bob Harrison, or the Honorable Terry Lee Edgerton would have been listed as Speaker. And in this time that we face Southern social and cultural genocide, it is important that Southern Black folks, and Southern White folks put their differences aside and come together, or we both are things of the past under the throw rug of America. God Bless you.