On Sept. 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, making slavery illegal in the United States.
Shrewdly, he made sure that the Southern states could no longer use states’ rights as the main cause of warfare, and forced them to defend an ugly practice.
In just four short years — during which black soldiers helped win back the United States for the union — the 10th Cavalry Regiment was formed, staffed exclusively by black soldiers.
For Veteran voice
The Florida Department of Veterans Affairs originally figured it’d break ground on the Ardie R. Copas State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Port St. Lucie about this time last year. Then there were frustrating delays.
Steve Murray, communications director at the state veterans department, told the Florida Veterans Council that the delays are close to ended and construction is on the horizon.
“We hope to break ground in February 2017,” he said at the council’s last meeting.
That was on Thursday, Sept. 15.