Black Union soldier to get marker in Decatur

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - A black Union soldier will finally get the
grave marker historians say he deserves in a ceremony that is
expected to bring hundreds to a Decatur cemetery on Saturday.

Amos McKinney, a former slave, will become the second known
black Civil War veteran in Morgan and Lawrence counties with a
military marker.

Glenda McWhirter Todd, who researched and wrote about the 1st Alabama Cavalry USV, provided McKinney's military records to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Peggy Towns, a congressional aide for the 5th Congressional District, and the Rev. Wylheme Ragland announced plans in November
to index the historic Magnolia-Sykes Cemetery.

Towns escalated her plans to recreate the lives of the people buried there when she learned about McKinney.

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