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