The astounding thing about this is that all this veteran was trying to do is share a bit of historical fact. A May 1865 New York Tribune story records recently emancipated slaves honoring Union soldiers who had died in an open air makeshift Charleston prison.
2/ Yale historian @davidwblight1 wrote about this in his 2001 book RACE AND REUNION. Here's the relevant excerpt:….
@davidwblight1 3/ And here's the New York Tribune story in question, from May 1865
@davidwblight1 4/ We talked about this on @CNNSotu Memorial Day weekend…
@davidwblight1 @CNNSotu 5/ Difficult not to see symbolism in a veteran trying to share some history about this country and some folks who don't want to hear it turn his mic off.

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