Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee declared Saturday, August 8 as Emancipation Day.
Lee announced this on his Facebook page.
On August 8, 1863, Andrew Johnson, Military Governor of the State of Tennessee and future U.S. President, freed his…
“On August 8, 1863, Andrew Johnson, Military Governor of the State of Tennessee and future U.S. President, freed his personal slaves in Greeneville, TN,” Lee said.
“This event sparked celebrations of freedom that continue to this day throughout Tennessee. Today, we honor and remember that day that brought freedom from bondage and slavery, because every Tennessean deserves the rights afforded to them by our Constitution.”
Lee’s announcement, though, did not please all of his followers on social media.
Gary Humble was among them.
“Rights ‘given’ and ‘afforded’ to us by the constitution?” Humble asked.
“And you’re supposed to be a conservative? You don’t even understand where your rights come from. This document belongs in Europe, not in America.”
Walden resident Bobby Morrison, meanwhile, said Lee’s proclamation was “a little presumptuous.”
“Our rights are granted by God, not the US or TN constitution,” Morrison wrote.
“Those constitutions protect those rights, not give them.”
CC Carson, meanwhile, told Lee that “no matter what kind of good you try and deliver on this state or this country…trolls will try and tear you down.”
“You’re doing a good job,” Carson said.
“Stand your ground and stay the course.”
According to his biography on The White House’s official website, Johnson a U.S. senator from Tennessee, held his seat in Washington, D.C. even after state officials seceded from the Union. That, the website went on to say, “made him a hero in the North and a traitor in the eyes of most Southerners.”
“In 1862 President Lincoln appointed him Military Governor of Tennessee, and Johnson used the state as a laboratory for reconstruction. In 1864 the Republicans, contending that their National Union Party was for all loyal men, nominated Johnson, a Southerner and a Democrat, for Vice President,” according to The White House.
“After Lincoln’s death, President Johnson proceeded to reconstruct the former Confederate States while Congress was not in session in 1865. He pardoned all who would take an oath of allegiance, but required leaders and men of wealth to obtain special Presidential pardons.”
The House of Representatives later impeached Johnson, and U.S. senators acquitted him by one vote.
“In 1875, Tennessee returned Johnson to the Senate,” according to The White House.
“He died a few months later.”
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