I‘ve been following the first two stories on the blog. First, Alabama lawmakers passed a resolution to honor the state’s first black lawmakers during Reconstruction. Plaques will be placed throughout the capitol grounds. This second story on a proposed change to the Maryland state song stirred up a great deal of discussion on the blog. While no changes will be made, it looks like a number of state legislatures are willing to revisit the issue in a future session. Finally, check out this Washington Post article on the battle of New Market Heights and the participation of black Union soldiers. This is one of the battlefields currently on the CWPT’s “Most Endangered Battlefields” list.