Thursday, April 11, 2019

For Immediate Release: Fri. 4/12/2019 10 AM Central~2019 #FortPillowMassacre #National Wreath Laying Ceremony @ Memphis National Cemetery

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The 2019 Fort Pillow Massacre National Wreath Laying Ceremony will pay homage and honor to the African American Soldiers and civilians that were killed, wounded, missing in action and taken prisoners on April 12, 1864. There are 109 unknown African American graves representing the over 200 soldiers that were killed during the massacre at the Memphis National Cemetery.


WHAT: 2019 Fort Pillow Massacre National Wreath Laying Ceremony

WHEN: Friday, April 12, 2019 10 AM Central (Procession Begins at 9:30 AM C, One Hour Program)

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


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

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


***Immediately Following The Ceremony A REPAST LUNCHEON & DISCUSSION WILL BE HELD FOR DESCENDANTS, SPECIAL GUESTS & PARTICIPANTS @ Cynthia Place Home of The Military Retirees Located @ 280 Cynthia Pl, Memphis, Tennessee 38126***




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 'REMEMBER Fort Pillow' Historic Marker Dedication Ceremony #JUNETEENTH2018 (FULL PROGRAM)

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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