Speaker: Blacks earned honor in Confederacy
By Grace Broyles
Special to the Reporter-News
Sunday, December 16, 2007
BUFFALO GAP — "A favorite son of the Confederates" is how H.K. Edgerton was introduced to a gathering of the Sons of Confederate Veterans on Sunday at the Buffalo Gap Historic Village.
Edgerton of Asheville, N.C., told the group he was a former officer of the NAACP, but he is now a Southern heritage activist, speaking to bring awareness to the South about the position the black man had in what he calls "The War Between the States."
"Black folks have earned honor and dignity standing under the Christian Cross of St. Andrew’s flag (the Confederate flag) all along the way during the war," he said.
He said, "I’m so mad I don’t know what to do" when he hears stories of people in the South not knowing the truth about the blacks’ place in American history and the fact that people continue to be misled.
"I don’t talk the trash that Al (Sharpton) or Jesse (Jackson) talk," he said.
"My family came here in 1705 to North Carolina, whether they wanted to or not. It was the best thing," he said. "They were told about the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In Africa, they never would have."
"It was the Reconstruction that pitted black against white," he said. "I call it ‘Negro Rule.’"
He told of how the master and the slave were family because they were Christian before the Reconstruction, and his hopes that blacks and whites will one day again be united in "Dixie" when they learn the truth about history.
"God bless each one of you, and God bless Dixie," he said as he brought down the Confederate flag he’d been holding the entire length of the lecture.
In 2002, he stopped at the Buffalo Gap Historic Village on his walk from North Carolina to Austin carrying the Confederate flag to call attention to the removal of the Confederate commemorative plaques from the Texas Supreme Court building.
He is now doing a mini-recreation of that walk by taking five-mile walks at selected sites.
© 2007 The E.W. Scripps Co.