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“When an auction was held or buyers came, we were brought out & paraded two or three around...the buyers would stand nearby and inspect us as we went by, stop us, & examine us.”

- Horatio Eden, an child sold by Nathan Bedford at a “slave mart” he owned.

In violation of federal law, Bedford smuggled people from Africa into the United States & continued doing so long after it had been made illegal. The Act Prohibiting the Importation of Slaves took effect in 1808 & Bedford continued to participate in smuggling until almost 1860.
Never mind the fact that he was the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan & slaughtered black soldiers during the Civil War. But sure let’s give him a proclamation & name a day after him. Good job Tennessee.

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