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An Open Letter – Black Radical Women In Virginia
April 30, 2020
Black Radical Women In Virginia
Dear Ms. Lunelle,
In the Palace of Fine Arts in St. Louis, Missouri, during the Exposition of 1904, there was a picture which made deep impression on every Southern white man and black man who saw it, who knew enough of the old life to understand what it meant.
The Rev. A. B. Curry, of Memphis, Tennessee, referring to this picture in a sermon in his home city on November 27, 1904, said:
“When I was in the Palace of Fine Arts, in St. Louis, I saw a picture before which I stood and wept. In the distance was a battle scene; the dust of trampling men and horses, the smoke of cannons and rifles filled the air; broken carriages and dead and dying men strewed the ground. In the foreground was the figure of a stalwart Negro man, bearing in his strong arms the form of a fair haired Anglo-Saxon youth. It was the devoted body-servant of a young Southerner, bearing the dead body of his young master from the field of carnage, not to pause or rest till he had delivered it to those whose love for it only surpassed his own: and underneath the picture were these words – “Faithful Unto Death,” and there are men before me who have seen the spirit of that picture on more than one field of battle.”
Reading this reminds me of some Southerners that look like me:
Ms. Lavonia Thompson – black female Confederate soldier. The South Carolina Senate recognized Soldier Thompson in 2017-2018; Senate Bills 329. Smyrna Baptist chose to recognize Soldier Thompson at their annual reunion.
James Henry Jones – born to James H. Jones of African and Native American descent. James Henry Jones was born a free black man, and was a coachman, confidant, and valet to President Jefferson Davis. And, not to forget, drove the carriage of the Davis family of which the adoptive slave boy, “Jim Limber,” was also passenger in. James drove the carriage that transported Davis and was captured with Davis at Rainsville, Georgia.
When I first looked at the faces of the four black women in the below article, I hoped that they were taken when they first took the oath of office in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia, and were not wearing fecal matter eating grins because of their participatory support in the Thaddeus Stephens Reconstruction agenda now on the Burning Table of Brotherhood in the form of Senate Bill 183 and House Bill 52 that would remove protection of ALL Veterans cenotaphs in Virginia.
It is apparent that these women did not get the memo of the Honorable Rev. Mack Lee, body servant to the Honorable General Robert E. Lee, who gave his life in service to the Commonwealth and advised his brethren “put your trust only in the Southern white man!”
Instead they have chosen to place in memory of themselves one of real dishonor, only conquerable to that of Reconstruction. God bless you!
Chairman, Board of Advisors, Southern Legal Resource Center
Member, Save Southern Heritage Florida
Recipient, Virginia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans Robert E. Lee Award
Recipient, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis Medal
Recipient, Mississippi Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans John F. Harris Award (former slave, Republican member, Mississippi House of Representatives)
Recipient, National Sons of Confederate Veterans H.L. Hunley Award
Recipient, Key of the City, Carthage, Texas
Member, Historic March Across Dixie 20 Mile Club
Honorary Scot of Austin
Honorary Life Member, Kentucky Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Honorary Life Member, Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Honorary Life Member, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia Orders of the Confederate Rose