On Monday, Memorial Day, at the Pennington African Cemetery, the People’s Organization for Progress honored the contributions of some 200,000 Black soldiers who fought in the Union Army during the Civil War. Larry Hamm of the People’s Organization for Progress said their sacrifice is a reminder of the work that remains:
“I think that they would be somewhat dismayed by the intractable racism that still grips this society, the fact that the Klan still exists, and you have all types of white supremacist organizations and the country seems to be going backwards. I think they would call it out; I don’t think these men who fought in wars would be shy about calling out the racism and racial inequality that continues to exist in this country,” Hamm said.
A similar ceremony took place in Trenton over the weekend at the Locust Hill Cemetery, the city’s largest and oldest remaining African American burial ground.