Reconstruction

COMMENTARY

Juneteenth celebrates one of 20 emancipation days in the United States

BY: - June 19, 2023

The actual day was June 19, 1865, and it was the Black dockworkers in Galveston, Texas, who first heard the word that freedom for the enslaved had come. There were speeches, sermons and shared meals, mostly held at Black churches, the safest places to have such celebrations. The perils of unjust laws and racist social […]

COMMENTARY

From enslaver to leader of Union forces at Mill Springs and Chickamauga to a civil rights defender

BY: - June 5, 2023

Editor’s note: A Lantern reader pointed out another Kentucky connection after this commentary was published. The City of Fort Thomas was named in honor of Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas, the Union general from the Confederate state of Virginia. In 1887, the United States Army moved the Newport Barracks to higher ground due to excessive […]