From the Richmond Planet, June 7, 1890:
The negro was in the Northern processions on Decoration Day and in the Southern ones, if only to carry buckets of ice-water. He put up the Lee monument, and should the time come, will be there to take it down. He’s black and sometimes greasy, but who could do without the Negro….
You may say what you will the Negro is here to stay. Nothing goes on without him. He was in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the War of the Rebellion, and will be in every one that will take place in this country….
An old colored man after seeing the mammoth parade of the ex-Confederates on May 29th and gazing at the rebel flags, exclaimed “The Southern white folks is on top–the Southern white folks is on top!” After thinking a moment, a smile lit up his countenance as he chuckled with evident satisfaction, “But we’s got the government! We’s got the government!” Yes, our party has the cations, the most people will allow them to keep.
Read Gov. Tim Kaine’s official proclamation acknowledging the day and notice the choice of words. I have no doubt that Lee and Jackson are rolling over in their graves in anticipation of Tuesday’s inaugural event. 🙂