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Monday, February 23, 2015

Black Confederate Presentation At The Museum Of The Waxhaws

It is almost always a pleasure for me to formally meet in person with fellow Confederate heritage supporters that I correspond with online. 

On Saturday, February 21st of this year, I got the opportunity to meet up with one very amazing Southern lady at the Museum of the Waxhaws just over the border in Waxhaw, North Carolina, one Miss Teresa E. Roane, a noted archivist and historian from Richmond, Virginia. 

Miss Roane is a member of the Richmond-Stonewall Jackson Chapter #1705 United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Captain Sally I. Tompkins Chapter 2 Order of the Confederate Rose out of Richmond, Virginia. She is also an archivist at the UDC Library in Richmond.

She is also the owner of many really unique and marvelously large hats that she displays oh so beautifully. 

Miss Roane traveled all the way from Virginia to the Carolinas border town to present a wonderfully detailed presentation on the contributions of Black Confederates and Afro-Southern loyalists during the War Between the States. 

What better place to hold such an event than the Museum of the Waxhaws, located near Andrew Jackson State Park - the birthplace of Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States of America. A truly amazing place that this blogger highly recommends to tourists visiting the Waxhaw, North Carolina area.  

The following are some really good photos I took of the trip. 

The Secrest Log House.
Built in the first quarter of the 1800s and was originally located four miles west of Monroe, NC and later moved to the Museum of the Waxhaws in 1997 to become a part of the walking tour.
Wooden crosses with Confederate Banner flying overhead.
The flag flying above the wooden crosses is a replica of the Confederate 1st National Flag "Stars & Bars" pattern used as the headquarters flag of General Robert E. Lee, Army of Northern Virginia, CSA.
Marker commemorating the Scots-Irish Settlers of the Waxhaws region. Andrew Jackson's parents were among those early European settlers who traveled down the Great Wagon Road from Pennsylvania to the Carolinas.
The Museum of the Waxhaws.
Elizabeth Hutchinson Jackson, mother of Andrew Jackson.
During the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783) Miss Jackson lost both her older sons in the war, and later in 1781 died of smallpoxs while helping to tend wounded prisoners held at Charleston, SC.
22 Star US Flag of a pattern used during the start of Andrew Jackson's presidency.
Another Confederate 1st National "Stars & Bars" flag (7 Star Pattern).
Artifacts from the War Between the States (1861-1865) are also included.
Representing North Carolina's Confederate historical heritage.
Reunion flag of the Monroe, NC United Confederate Veterans (UCV).
About the United Confederate Veterans and the flag.
Historic photograph of the dedication ceremony of the Confederate Soldiers' Monument in front of the Old Courthouse, Monroe, NC in 1910.
Catawba Indian pottery.
Native American arrowheads collected from the area on display.
A temporary exhibit was set up for the occasion with Civil War artifacts - including information on Black Confederates and their service. Courtesy of the NC Museum of History.
An exhibit honoring the services of local "Colored Confederates" including images of past local services honoring Black Confederate Veterans and a recently departed Real Daughter.
A small copy of the marker dedicated to Black Pensioners of Color placed at the base of the Confederate Monument in nearby Monroe, NC on Saturday, December 8, 2012.
A memorial ribbon from the memorial service is included.
This blogger also attended that service as seen HERE.
Bullets fired during the Battle of New Bern, NC in 1865 still embedded into tree trunks.
Former Confederate President Jefferson Davis' cane.
A present given to him by a Black Confederate Veteran after the War.
Model of the submarine HL Hunley - first handmade submarine in history to sink an enemy warship.
Included in the display is a replica of the gold dollar piece found in the submarine during excavation and the HL Hunley Award medal and ribbon annually given by the Sons of Confederate Veterans to high school JROTC candidates.
Confederate Naval Officer re-enactor and wife in mid-1800s period attire.
Local SCV member and museum volunteer Mr. Tony Way with Professor Earl L. Ijames,
Curator of the North Carolina Museum of History. One of the guest speakers for the event talking about Black Confederates and their service in the Confederate military.
 Miss Patricia Poland, librarian, genealogist and local historian in Monroe shared her extensive research on a local Confederate Pensioner of Color Aaron Perry. He was a slave and former Confederate Veteran who became a man of recognition, honor and influence. It was truly fascinating to hear what she found out about this one life who was a slave and how Mr. Perry went on to influence so many thru his life.
SCV member Mr. Gregory Perry, the great, great, great grandson of Aaron Perry, whose life was researched as a local slave and how he served in the Confederate military and came out and influenced so many lives in so many ways.
As the keynote speaker, Miss Teresa Roane, spoke eloquently and passionately on minorities (slaves and free men of color) in combatant support roles in the Confederate Army and their significance to the Confederate military. It was truly an honor to listen to her speak. Those in attendance learned much from her research.

All in all a good afternoon learning about some of those men who fought to defend Southern independence and the land of their birth. Not to mention meeting Miss Teresa in person. It was a great honor for me.

For more information on the Museum of the Waxhaws or the subject of Black Confederates and their descendants please check out the links to the right of this blog, as well as the links provided in the post.

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