This week, the Governor declared April “Confederate History Month.”
While there has been some outrage over the title of this proclamation, the Governor has also acknowledged the importance of slavery and the not-so-glamorous aspects of war, in addition to commemorating those who died on Virginia soil.
I believe this proclamation should encourage education, consideration and conversation that cross the Mason Dixon Line and address how the past has helped form what we know as today’s Virginia. It is crucial to remember that both Northern and Southern soldiers and civilians, black and white, freed and enslaved, perished here in the South. To fully appreciate the story of the Confederacy, we must consider all perspectives.
In order to contribute to this discussion and support both historic preservation and environmental conservation, I will be reading at Haymarket Earth Day, Saturday April 17, at Haymarket Museum on Washington Street. Readings will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Books signings will go on most of the day at the Gainesville-Haymarket Rotary Community Corps table where donations will also be taken for Adopt-a-Platoon which supports our service people in Afghanistan.
Partial proceeds from book sales will be donated to Bull Run Mountains Conservancy, preserving both natural assets in Prince William County and historic sites.
Thank you for your continued support.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
15025 Washington St., Haymarket, VA