Confederate History and Heritage Month

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Gov. Bob Riley has reissued a proclamation declaring April as Confederate History and Heritage Month, this time with language describing slavery as a cause of the Civil War.

The language had been part of the annual resolution for several years, but some Confederate heritage groups had encouraged Riley to drop it. They considered it inaccurate. They were pleased when the governor signed a proclamation last month with the language deleted. But a spokesman for the governor says it was a mistake. A new proclamation, with the slavery language restored, was issued yesterday afternoon.

The House chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, Birmingham State Representative Oliver Robinson, says he's glad Riley reissued the proclamation with the slavery paragraph restored. Robinson says the other version would have been a disgrace.