Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Honoring a Painful & Courageous History

Kudos to Governor-elect Patrick for this wonderful choice. plk

excerpt from

Bible with ties to slave ship will be used for oath
By Michael Paulson, Globe Staff

"One hundred and sixty-six years ago, a prominent Massachusetts politician, former President John Quincy Adams , played a role in black history by persuading the US Supreme Court to free a group of African captives who had staged a mutiny on the slave ship Amistad.

Tomorrow, when Deval Patrick takes his place in the history books as the state's first African-American governor, he will offer a symbolic nod to that storied past, taking the oath of office on a leather-bound Bible given by the freed captives to the former president."

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