President Trump and the White House finally updated their internet sites with National proclamation to commemorate 50th Anniversary of Assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr, to reflect on this day, April 4th, in Rev. King’s honor. Rev. King, a southern minister and civil rights leader born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was also the first president of Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Within the text of this proclamation, Trump also gave shout out to President Abraham Lincoln as follows —> “President Abraham Lincoln sought to eradicate the senseless divisions of racial hierarchies when he issued the Emancipation Proclamation”.
BLACK CONFEDERATE – Prince Greer(also known as Prince Graham). Born a slave in 1840 in South Carolina. He accompanied his master to war from Texas. After his master was killed in Ft Donelson, he transported the remains to a mortician in Nashville. Understandably, by Prince Greer still being a slave, he did not accompany his dead master’s remains back to Texas. So he remained behind in Tennessee to work with the mortician – in the exchange for room & board. He helped embalm thousands of Civil War dead on both sides. He became an expert at it. I feel that 3 states can claim this unsung hero – Texas, Tennessee & South Carolina.
After slavery had ended, he reportedly took up the last name of Graham. He died at the age of 44 in Nov 1884 in Nashville from being poisoned by a white woman pretending to be a mulatto who was living with him. The science through autopsy proved it was murder. Prince Greer is buried in the 1st black cemetery called Mount Ararat Cemetery, in Nashville, TN. I now hear it’s dilapidated. Unfortunately, he may not even have a headstone, much less a grave site stone that commemorates the contributions he rendered to the Confederacy & his help to pioneer in embalming to the South to the civil war dead.