Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Rememnbering our Veterans

Being a "wordless" Wednesday and Veterans' day, it is appropriate that I post the following image:

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Image Background:

The late James Blackwell, Pvt, U.S. Army, is the only confirmed African American Spanish-American War veteran known to have lived in Onslow County, North Carolina.


Until officially researched by myself, through Resurrection Mission, his legacy was only known to a few of his direct descendents.




Let us take a moment to ponder the social actions of Pvt. Blackwell's day and try to understand his reasons for serving a Country to protect certain Freedoms that he did not have the right to use for himself.

Semper Fi !

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Rediscovering a Veteran's "Forgotten' Grave site




Randolph Hall, U.S. Army, was laid to rest in the Brick Mill Cemetery. During recent stabilization of the cemetery by Resurrection Mission staff, his grave was located.

Below are a series of images of the process to upright Randolph's Veteran headstone.


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Official records, as of this date, confirm not-less-then twenty-five Veterans, from WWI to Vietnam Wars are laid to rest in this all African American Cemetery, est. ca.1900.

Currently and through Resurrection Mission, fifteen cemeteries of various sizes are being stabilized, preserved and maintained. Brick Mill Cemetery is the largest all African American Cemetery known within Onslow County, North Carolina. It, along with most of the other cemeteries are on private property and not accessable to the general public but, direct descendents are allowed to visit at anytime.

During the year, remember our Veterans, no matter which era they served.

Best wishes,

Jack