Hate Not Heritage: Update on Blandford Church Confederate History & Heritage Month event...
|Pastor John Weaver speaks to a League of the South gathering in 2010. (Image courtesy of Flickr)|
Folks, earlier this evening, I spoke to H. Edward Mann, Acting Director at the Petersburg Preservation Task Force, a non-profit tasked with running the city of Petersburg's museums, about the upcoming Confederate History & Heritage Month event being held at the historic Blandford Church on April 8th. Mr. Mann was very courteous, but he didn't really seem to know much at all about the scheduled speaker, Pastor John Weaver of Fitzgerald, Georgia. According to social media posts, Pastor Weaver is the Chaplain for a white nationalist hate group.
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It's quite the odd choice of speaker for the Sons of Confederate Veterans, as they have an anti-hate group policy, or so I thought. The most interesting thing Mr. Mann had to say about the event, was that the Petersburg Preservation Task Force waived the $500 reservation fee for the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Why? I am not really sure...
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I thought that waiving the reservation fee was odd, especially after I read this story, in which I learned that the fledgling non-profit organization was hurting for cash. They have even gone as far as creating a crowdfunding page to try and raise operating revenue.
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Mr. Mann suggested that I reach out to Ray Easter, with the Sons of Confederate Veterans, to express my concerns about the scheduled speaker. I explained to Mr. Mann that I had already done that, and that the Sons of Confederate Veterans did not even acknowledge my email inquiry. Well, you know what they say, "If at first you don't succeed..."
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Restoring the honor!