We congratulate: Those who created Slaughter Memorial

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By The Staff

There is a wonderful new monument in our community that not all of you see.

It’s the new memorial to the Slaughter Massacre that has been under construction on U.S. 60 just west of Simpsonville.

Under the direction of a caring Shelby County native, Jerry Miller, a hardworking group has taken significant effort to memorialize the spot where a group of African-American soldiers were ambushed and killed in 1865.

What first became a clearing of the site and getting historical markers placed has turned into a shrine, with Arlington-style headstones for each of the soldiers that died there. Coming yet are a stone wall and a flagpole to complete the memorial.

Mr. Miller, a member of the Shelby County Historical Society and former commissioner of the state parks system, deserves credit for his vision and leadership.

But the glory can be shared by the society and all the members who contributed both mental and physical labor and to the masonry students at the neighboring Whitney Young Jr. Job Corps Center, who set the stones.

 The site preserves and honors history with wonderful simplicity and grace, and it is a treasure for Shelby County.

There are other memorials to the county’s significant African-American history, but this one adds visibility and prestige and gives all residents a place to embrace.

We commend all those who contributed time, money and effort and suggest their work as a blueprint for future projects.