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
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.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.