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Virginia Pastor Denounces Confederate History Month

HeadlineMar 23, 2000

In Virginia, a pastor is calling on churches and civil rights leaders to join him in denouncing Gov. Jim Gilmore’s plan to again designate April as Confederate History Month. Gilmore has made the declaration during his first two years in office. His proclamations recognized the sacrifices of Confederate soldiers and include a condemnation of slavery. The Reverend Gerald Glenn said yesterday he has no problem with the Sons of Confederate Veterans honoring ancestors who died during the Civil War, but he said government should not declare special periods “to glorify those who battled to keep us in shackles and slave shanties.”

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