Wednesday, September 27, 2006
What Must the Neighbors Think?
Today, Ranger John and I took a busman's holiday. We two rangers had the day off, so we took a fun day trip to a variety of Civil War sites in Maryland and the D.C. area. One of our visits was to the beautiful Mount Olivet Cemetery in Frederick Maryland. This is the final resting place of such luminaries as Francis Scott Key, Barbara Fritchie, Thomas Johnson (our first governor), and the remains of hundreds of Confederate soldiers.
Unlike those Confederates interred at Rose Hill Cemetery in Hagerstown, who lie in eternal repose under the flag of the State of Maryland, (http://volunteersinparks.blogspot.com/2006/05/antietams-confederate-dead.html#links) these rebels bask in the glow of the Confederate battle flag, several dozen Confederate battle flags in fact.
The remains of these soldiers, now long gone to their celestial reward, lie right on the fence line which seperates the cemetery from the neighborhood.
As I walked the very long line of those rebels who participated in armed conflict against our nation I had to wonder:
"How do the black residents of this neighborhood feel about this ostentatious display of rebel heritage?"
That always seems like a timely and interesting question.