Wednesday, April 18, 2018

W.E. A.L.L. B.E. News Special: It's Official, 3rd Annual National Fort Pillow Wreath Laying Ceremony Was An Outstanding Success!!! #AncestorApproved #ReclaimingTheNarrative

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CONTACT: Ms. Callie Herd, Bro. Ron Herd II

PHONE: 901-299-4355 (Bro. Ron Herd II)



“It Is Now Quite Certain That A Large Number Of Our Colored Soldiers; With Their Officers, Were, By The Rebel Force, Massacred After They Had Surrendered, At The Recent Capture Of Fort-Pillow."
~Abraham Lincoln, 5/3/1864

W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV: "2018 National Fort Pillow WREath LayINg CeREmony" (Full Program)

WHAT: 2018 Fort Pillow Massacre National Wreath Laying Ceremony

WHEN: Thursday, April 12, 2018 10AM Central 

WHERE: Memphis National Cemetery
3568 Townes Ave, Memphis, TN 38122

Local News Coverage Of The 2018 National Wreath Laying Ceremony:
Photo by Bro. Ron for The W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Group Inc.

Tonyaa Weathersbee: Fort Pillow Victims Are Honored This Year, As Their Murderer Was Dishonored Last Year #CommercialAppeal:

Photo by Bro. Ron for The W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Group Inc.

CW 30 Memphis videos:




Sis. Callie Herd, Vice President Of The W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Group Inc., Creator & Project Lead Of The Annual National Fort Pillow Wreath Laying Ceremony
Bro. Ron Herd II aka R2C2H2 Tha Artivist, Founder & President Of The W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Group Inc.

Some Thoughts & Words Of Thanks From Sis. Callie Herd, Creator/Project Lead Of National Fort Pillow Wreath Laying Ceremony & Vice-President Of The W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Group Inc.

W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Group Inc. wanted to take the time to personally thank each and every one of you for honoring the African American Soldiers and civilians who died on April 12, 1864. This is the 2nd year of a national wreath laying ceremony and the third consecutive year having a ceremony to recognize the African American soldiers and civilians. This is the first year that we included placing red carnations in honor of the Union soldiers that died on April 12 along with those who fought at Fort Pillow. We were able place 65 red carnations in honor of them and 109 carnations for the African American soldiers. Next year our goal is to place 139 red carnations and 109 white carnations in honor of all the soldiers that fought as African American and Union soldiers.

Photos by Bro. Ron for The W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Group Inc.

God has anointed this event from the beginning and I hope you take the time to rejoice and meditate along with taking the time to say each one of the names of the United States Color Troops (USCT) listed on the attached roster. Also take the time to visit between now and Monday the USCT located in B1512 and B1523 through 1630 along with the Union soldiers located within B1398 - B1513. This is a beautiful site of white and red carnations on the graves of USCT and Union soldiers.


Historic Marker Dedication Information, June 19, 2018 (Juneteenth)

WHAT: 2018 Fort Pillow Massacre Historic Marker Ceremony

WHEN: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (Juneteenth)
10AM Central 

WHERE: Memphis National Cemetery
3568 Townes Ave, Memphis, TN 38122

On June 19, 2018, we will be unveiling a historic marker in honor of the African American soldiers and civilians that died on April 12, 1864 at the Memphis National Cemetery at 10:00 am. The W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Group Inc. organized a text committee that consisted of Andrew Ward (author of "River Run Red"), Dr. Bobby Lovett ( award-winning author, historian, speaker and retired professor of Afro-American history, Tennessee State University), Dr. James Gholson (author, historian, and principal clarinetist of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra), Lyndon Comstock (author, historian and researcher), Ronald Herd II (founder of W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Group Inc and 'Artivist'), Callie Herd (Project Lead and Vice-President,The W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Group Inc.) along with Joe Williams and Yulandia Burgess, descendants participating as defendants. We received special input on the text for marker from Professor Tinnie (African American historian), and Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham (President of ASALH). I also like to thank the Shelby County Historical Commission under the guidance of Jimmy Ogle for helping to work on the text and providing feedback prior to our final approval by the Senior Historian at the National Cemetery Association (NCA). I also thank Amanda Rhodes, executive director of the Memphis National Cemetery along with Calvin Jackson. I thank Memphis ASALH, Dr. James Gholson, USCT, Joe Williams and descendants for being a sponsor along with The W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Group Inc. of the marker. If you would like to donate to the marker, please email me and I will provide you with instructions.


TN Senate Resolution No. 178

The above document is Senate Resolution No. 178 from the Tennessee State Senate by State Senator Reginald Tate to honor the memory of the African American soldiers that fought and died at Fort Pillow on April 12, 1864.

Special Thanks:

WE GAVE THE PEOPLE FOOD FOR THOUGHT AS WELL AS FOOD TO EAT!!! Giving A Special Shout Out To Our Village For Making This 'GodWork' Work!!! WE NAME THE NAMES HERE:

Police Director Michael Rallings, Deputy Chief Michael Hardy, Memphis Police Department Mounting and Tactical Unit Division, Color Guards (130th MP CO), Charly Wells, Sr., American Legion, Pastor Paul Reed, Pastor Charlie Caswell, Joe Williams, David Waters, Tonyaa Weathersbee, Jimmy Webber, CW30, ABC 24 Memphis, Memphis ASALH, Dr. Clarence Christian, Epke Abioto, Dr. Alvin McKinney, Cequita McKennley, Dr. Deborah Luckett Day, Sargent William Jones, Norris Thomas, Commander Nancy Harper, Kirby High School Jr. ROTC (help create carnations for graves), Ms. Young of Crump Elementary and her 4th grade students (helped create carnations for grave), Colby Mitchell, Jackie Murray, Patricia Lee, Thelma Rudd, Cedric Moore, Florence Henderson, Lizzie Taylor, Lois Webb, Stanley Campbell, Carolyn Michael-Banks, Cedric Moore, Cheryl Floyd, Uncle Lou's Fried Chicken, Chick-fil-A, Kera Estes, Betty Tyler, Janice Frazier, MJ Edwards, EH Ford, Serenity Funeral Home, and Harrison Funeral Home


Fort Pillow Massacre of 1864: WE WILL NEVER FORGET!

On April 12, 1864, a Union garrison on the Mississippi River called Fort Pillow fell to Confederate troops led by Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, The Notorious Slave Trader & Future 1st KKK Grand Wizard. The Union loss might have been unremarkable, had it not been for disturbing rumors in the days that followed. Survivors said the Confederates had massacred black soldiers and civilians, shouting curses and firing until their bullets ran out. Fort Pillow quickly became a contested memory, with Rebels claiming victory, and Union soldiers alleging slaughter after surrender. In response to the controversy, Congress held an investigation, the records of which survive today. Evidence confirms that nearly 300 Union prisoners of war were shot to death, and the numbers indicate that black soldiers bore the worst of it.

In 1867 the soldiers’ graves were moved to the Memphis National Cemetery. On April 12, 2016, the W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Group Inc. & the Memphis Area Branch (MAB) of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH) held a wreath-laying ceremony to honor the soldiers. Given the importance of public memory, the W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Group Inc. and MAB ASALH decided to organize another national wreath laying ceremony on April 12, 2017, to honor the African American soldiers and civilians who gave their lives at Fort Pillow.

Then a new discovery came to light. In December 2016, Callie Herd was approached by Lyndon Comstock who had located 109 graves of African American soldiers who died in this massacre. This was a significant find that would make the ceremony that much more powerful.

The W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Group Inc. then took the lead in organizing a grassroots commemorative project that includes descendants of Fort Pillow soldiers, military representatives (American Legion, Disabled American Veteran (DAV), and retired military), Operation Step Down, Junior ROTC students, "House of Mtenzi Museum," organizations, and several educational groups.

For More Info On The Fort Pillow Massacre & Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest Please Check Out The Following Links:

W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV: THE River Still Runs Red 2017: Andrew Ward On Fort Pillow & Nathan Bedford Forrest

'River Run Red' Author Andrew Ward on The Fort Pillow Massacre & Nathan Bedford Forrest (C-Span)

Fort Pillow Massacre Of 1864: WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!! By Jackie Murray

W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV: Never Forget The Fort Pillow Massacre & 1st KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest #BlackLivesLost #REMEMBERFortPillow


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