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.


WTVY-TV 285 N Foster Street Dothan, AL 36303 334-792-3195
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 50470647 - wtvy.com/a?a=50470647
Gray Television, Inc.