When Black History Month meets Confederate History Month

Friday, February 22, 2008
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Since today’s AJC is chockfull of stories about the Confederate flag and the paper trail of slavery, we thought we’d help develop the day’s theme.

Next month, Gov. Sonny Perdue is to sign a proclamation honoring Bill Yopp, a black slave born in 1846 near Dublin who served as a soldier in the Confederate army. He died in 1936, and is the only African-American buried in the Confederate cemetery in Marietta.

Yopp will be a focus of Confederate History Month in April. Several of Yopp’s descendants are to attend the March 5 signing ceremony.

Say what you will about Southern history, but it is never, ever dull.

Copyright© 2008 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

On The Web: http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/shared-blogs/ajc/politicalinsider/