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No, implying Kaep would have taken a knee during WWII is ludicrous. I guess racial history is just too hard for some, so its thread time.
This man is William K. Donegan. He was born into slavery in Western Kentucky in 1832. His mother, Leana was mulato and his father, black.
Leana, and her children were emancipated by her *owner*/father? and she bought her husband, Joel, out of slavery. 3/
The newly freed family moved to southern Illinois and had to file in court to prove their freedom so not be subject to slave catchers. 4/
William Donegan was a shoemaker in Springfield. His brother, Spencer a barber. Both of them had Abraham Lincoln as a customer. 5/
In the 1850s, the Donegan brothers took part in the Underground Railroad, hiding escapees from the South. illinoistimes.com/article-3513-a… 6/
William was married three times, the last wife, a daughter of German immigrants. He lived to be an old man. Spencer built an AME church. 7/
In August 1908, a white mob tried to lynch two black men who had been arrested, but the sheriff had moved them, so they turned on others. 8/
Over 2 days, the white mob burned down the black neighborhood of Springfield. William Donegan, was long an object of white suspicion... 9/
he was successful and married to a white woman... they came for a 76 year old man- cut his throat and hung him. He died two days later. 10/
The murder of William Donegan sparked outrage and was the impetus for the creation of the NAACP. blackpast.org/aah/springfiel… 11/
Here is the resting place of William Donegan at Oak Ridge in Springfield, not far from his former customer Abraham Lincoln... 12/
It’s been 109 years since the murder of my 4x great uncle. 3 years since Tamir Rice was killed. History is always there if you look. 13/
For many Americans race is an abstraction or an inconvenience to avoid. Yet until 154 years ago millions of people were enslaved. 14/
The story didn’t end with emancipation and hasn’t ended yet. So put down your photoshop, Tomi. Sit, read, learn, listen, think. /end
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