Below is video coverage of the memorial service for Ms. Mattie Clyburn Rice and her father, Weary Clyburn, which took place this past weekend. The opening speaker references Clyburn as a soldier in the 12th South Carolina Infantry, which is patently false given the evidence. The next speaker uses Lincoln’s Second Inaugural to suggest that Weary and Frank Clyburn experienced the same war. They “drank from the same streams and felt the same heat and cold and they witnessed the same ugliness that is a part of war.” What is completely overlooked is that one experienced the war as a slave and the other as a free man. Teresea Roane, formerly an archivist with the Museum of the Confederacy and now with the UDC, suggests that thousands of black men served as soldiers in the Confederate army.
Not once is it mentioned that Weary Clyburn was enslaved to Captain Frank Clyburn. What we see in this video, with the exception of Roane, is one white person heritage group after another using this occasion to reinforce a collective lie. It was the defeat of the Confederate army that made Weary Clyburn and future generations of his family free. Anything else is a disservice to the memory of Ms. Rice and her father.