While the rest of the country spent yesterday remembering John F. Kennedy and reflecting on his legacy and the assassination which traumatized a nation, some folks in Middle Tennessee spent the day honoring someone else:
SMYRNA, Tenn. –- “Sam Davis, a Hero Remembered” will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the capture, trial and execution of Sam Davis beginning Friday, Nov. 22, at his historic home.
The commemoration will last through Sunday, Nov. 24.
Events begin with a bus ride to the Sam Davis monument at the Tennessee State Capitol building at 11:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 22, for a memorial. State Sen. Douglas Henry will serve as the keynote speaker. The return trip to the Sam Davis Home will also include several Coleman Scouts related sites.
Here’s a picture from Friday’s event (click to enlarge):
Sam Davis, who near as I can tell was no relation to president of the Confederacy Jefferson Davis, was a Confederate soldier who was captured by Union forces on November 20, 1863, charged with being a spy, and executed on November 27. He was a native of Rutherford County, which is just south of Nashville. There’s a monument to him at the state capitol here in Nashville, which is where the above photo was taken.
Can I just say how incredibly off that sounded to me? To do this on the day that the entire nation was remembering Kennedy? Especially in light of how connected the Kennedy legacy is to this nation’s civil rights battle, it just seemed really wrong to see people carrying Confederate flags at the state capitol yesterday.
I cannot imagine what these folks were thinking. They had a whole freaking week to honor Sam Davis. Kennedy gets one day. Y’all couldn’t wait a day?