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ON THIS PEARL HARBOR DAY, WHKP.COM REMEMBERS...

ON THIS PEARL HARBOR DAY, WHKP.COM REMEMBERS...

MARK ALEXANDER RHODES   

On this Pearl Harbor Day 2017, our family honors the memory of our late cousin Mark Alexander Rhodes.

Born in Edneyville on 7 March 1920 and a product of Edneyville schools, Mark made the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country aboard the USS Arizona, sunk by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor Honolulu Hawaii on December 7, 1941.

Mark is buried at the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.

Hendersonville’s Hedrick-Rhodes Post 5206 of the VFW is named partially in honor of Mark’s service and sacrifice.

By Larry Freeman

 

 

ON THE BIRTHDAY OF NORTH CAROLINA'S FIRST JEWISH LEGISLATOR:  WHKP.COM HONORS HANAKKAH COMING ON DECEMBER 12TH

ON THE BIRTHDAY OF NORTH CAROLINA'S FIRST JEWISH LEGISLATOR: WHKP.COM HONORS HANAKKAH COMING ON DECEMBER 12TH

WITH HANAKKAH COMING UP ON TUESDAY DECEMBER 12, WHKP.COM WOULD LIKE TO HONOR ALL THOSE UPSTANDING MEMBERS OIF THE LOCAL JEWISH COMMUNITY WHO HAVE PLAYED SUCH MAJOR ROLES IN MAKING HENDERSONVILLE AND HENDERSON COUNTY THE "SPECIAL" PLACE IT IS TODAY.  OF COURSE, WE RECALL THE KAPLANS, AND KALINS, THE PATTERSON, THE SHERMANS, THE WILLIAMS,  AND ALL THE OTHER GREAT JEWISH FAMILES WHO HAVE BEEN OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS...AND WHO HAVE SERVED OUR COMMUNITY SO WELL.

OTHER JEWISH LEADERS IN NORTH CAROLINA HAVE STOOD UP FOR JUSTICE, FREEDOM, AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN PARTICULAR...AND TODAY WE'D LIKE TO HONOR ONE OF THE GREATEST AMONG THEM:

HONORING JACOB HENRY OF CARTARET COUNTY  (HIS HOME PICTURED HERE)...A LEADER IS RELIGIOUS LIBERTY   

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On December 6, 1809, Jacob Henry, North Carolina’s first Jewish legislator, delivered a rousing speech about religious liberty to the General Assembly. Henry represented Carteret County in 1808 and 1809, a time in which people were bound constitutionally to affirm the “truth of the Protestant religion” before holding any public office. He served his first term without incident, but in 1809 a newly-elected representative took issue with Henry’s religious affiliation and introduced a resolution to remove him from office.

The legislators decided to take up the resolution the next day, giving Henry time to prepare his defense. Without specifically mentioning Judaism, he addressed “natural and inalienable rights” and equalized religious sects with phrases such as, “the ruler of the universe.”

Ultimately Jacob Henry was allowed to retain his seat. His inspiring and eloquent speech to the 1809 General Assembly, has been published and quoted frequently ever since. It is considered a touchstone of religious rights and tolerance.

Visitors to Beaufort can see the Federal era house that he built at 229 Front Street, where it still stands today. Henry lived there with his wife, Esther Whitehurst, whom he married in 1801.

A highway marker in Carteret County honors Henry.

 

 

THOMAS WOLFE'S "LOOK HOMEWARD, ANGEL" FIRST PUBLISHED 88 YEARS AGO WEDNESDAY OCT. 18

THOMAS WOLFE'S "LOOK HOMEWARD, ANGEL" FIRST PUBLISHED 88 YEARS AGO WEDNESDAY OCT. 18

THE HISTORIC ANGEL NOW STANDING IN HENDERSONVILLE'S OAKDALE CEMETERY     

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"THE OLD KENTUCKY HOME" STATE HISTORIC SITE" IN ASHEVILLE   

AS WHKP CELEBRATES 71 YEARS OF OUR OWN HISTORY IN WNC   

On October 18, 1929, Charles Scribner’s Sons published Look Homeward, Angel, the best-known novel by Asheville author Thomas Wolfe. Inspired by a marble angel outside his father’s monument shop on Pack Square, Wolfe wrote his first and largely autobiographical novel about the fictional Gant family wherein the father is a volatile stonecutter and the mother a business-minded boardinghouse operator.

Wolfe was only 6 when his own mother, Julia Westall Wolfe, left her husband and older children and bought the “Old Kentucky Home,” a rambling Victorian boardinghouse in downtown Asheville, to which she brought young Tom. With his family divided, Tom felt lost amongst his mother’s tenants and resentful of the changes the tourists were wreaking on his hometown.

Always aware of the life and people around him, Wolfe later turned his observations into a novel in which his mother’s boardinghouse became “Dixieland” and Asheville, the fictional town of “Altamont.” Although names were changed, Asheville residents still recognized Wolfe’s characters as themselves and were scandalized. Only in 1937, a year before he died, did Wolfe return home to visit. He was, however, buried in Asheville’s Riverside Cemetery. His mother’s boardinghouse is now the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, one of 27 state historic sites.

AS WHKP CONTINUES TO CELEBRATE OUR 71ST YEAR, TODAY WE HONOR "REAL COUNTRY" ICON, CHRISTIAN, AND PATRIOT--- CHARLIE DANIELS ON HIS 81ST BIRTHDAY

AS WHKP CONTINUES TO CELEBRATE OUR 71ST YEAR, TODAY WE HONOR "REAL COUNTRY" ICON, CHRISTIAN, AND PATRIOT--- CHARLIE DANIELS ON HIS 81ST BIRTHDAY

READ HIS OPEN LETTER TO U.S. SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER BELOW   

BORN IN WILMINGTON NC OCTOBER 28, 1936   

Famed Musician Charlie Daniels

On October 28, 1936, musician Charlie Daniels was born in Wilmington. Daniels developed an interest in music early in life and was strongly influenced by a number of styles. He honed his skills on guitar, mandolin and fiddle in North Carolina, learning to play his first chords from his friend Russell Palmer. After graduating from Goldston High School in 1955, he formed a rock and roll band with Palmer, playing a Saturday show on a Sanford radio station.

Moving back to Wilmington, Daniels began playing with an R&B group, The Rockets. Their recording of “Jaguar” was picked up for national distribution by Epic in 1957. Throughout the 1960s he gained more national attention, co-wiritng a song performed by Elvis Presley and playing with Bob Dylan.

In 1970, he formed the Charlie Daniels Band, which gained fame for playing its acclaimed melding of rock, country, blues, bluegrass and gospel. The band’s hits include “Uneasy Rider,” “Long Haired Country Boy,” “The South’s Gonna Do it Again” and “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

Daniels’s many musical accolades include membership in the Grand Ole Opry; induction into the N.C. Music Hall of Fame; and several Grammy, CMA and Gospel Music Association awards.

 An Open Letter to Senator Charles Schumer

Sen. Schumer, I don't live in your constituency but in the larger picture, you live in mine and every other legal, taxpaying American citizen who is affected by the power you hold in your political party, your blind allegiance to it and the obstructionist posture to anything that doesn't directly benefit it.

There's something sinister about seeing you bent over the lectern in the Senate Chamber, your countenance resembling what I would imagine Edgar Allen Poe's would look like reciting one of his macabre tales of doom and gloom, as if there is not one drop of happiness in your life, forecasting a dismal future for America if anything President Trump proposes passes both houses and becomes law.

I know you're disappointed, I know you had the balloons ready to fall and the corks halfway out of the champagne bottles election night and I know you just can't face the truth that what happened in the election was exactly the same thing you continue to do, you forgot about the working people, you forgot about the empty factories of the rust belt, you took for granted the high crime, low employment inner cities you've made unkept promises to for decades.

Instead of looking inward at the real cause for your party's loss you had to find a scape goat and if it hadn't have been Russia it would have been something else.

Sen. Schumer, will you do me and America a favor, will you lay your hand on a Holy Bible and tell America that you believe in your heart that Donald Trump has actually colluded with Vladimir Putin and the Russian Government to the detriment of the United States of America.

You see sir, everything you've come up with so far, and you've been at it since well before the election, has been superficial, and I believe that anything your special counsel will come up with will also be superficial, guilt by association, the fires of trivially fanned and proliferated by a tilted, hate filled media and super partisan politicians.

Sen. Schumer, what goes around truly does come around and if, or should I say when, this pendulum starts swinging back the other way, do you realize that Mr. Mueller could actually find a lot more dirt on prominent democrats than they do Trump and his staff.

You have opened Pandora's Box, sir, and basically thrown away the lid.

Now it’s time to chop the log and let the chips fall where they will.

If President Trump has actually colluded with the Russians or any other foreign government, or sold out my beloved nation in any way, I definitely want to know about it, and if he has he should be impeached and thrown out of office in disgrace, but right now you're a hell of a long way from proving even one little iota of your accusations.

Now let's turn this coin over.

Did or did not Hillary Clinton allow Russia to purchase up to 20% of American uranium reserves?

Who leaked the classified information that started this ball rolling? For the investigation to be valid, that has to come out.

Did Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's State department through incompetence, indifference or both allow four American citizens to die in Benghazi?

Careful how you answer this one because the jury and some explosive evidence are still out there and could well be brought to light in a few months.

Did or did not Hillary, by using an unsecured internet server and allowing Huma Abedin to email copies to her husband, Anthony Weiner, expose classified documents?

Was there collusion between the Obama administration and the IRS to disallow tax free status to conservative organizations?

If not, why did Lois Lerner plead the Fifth Amendment and retire with full benefits?

You see sir, Pandora is neither a Democrat or a Republican and what is revealed in the coming months could well be a two-edged sword.

Careful what you wish for.

What do you think?

Pray for our troops, our police and the peace of Jerusalem.

God Bless America

— Charlie Daniels

CHARLIE "CHOO CHOO" JUSTICE DIED 14 YEARS AGO TUESDAY---HE'S AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR LEGACY AT WHKP---AS WE CELEBRATE OUR 71ST YEAR!

CHARLIE "CHOO CHOO" JUSTICE DIED 14 YEARS AGO TUESDAY---HE'S AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR LEGACY AT WHKP---AS WE CELEBRATE OUR 71ST YEAR!

CHOO CHOO DIED 14 YEARS AGO TODAY (OCTOBER 17, 2003) AT THE AGE OF 79 AT HIS HOME IN CHERRYVILLE, NC.   

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HE'S IN THE PHOTO WITH UNC TEAM MATE ART WEINER ANOTHER FOOTBALL GREAT IN 1949    

On October 17, 2003, football star Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice died at his home in Cherryville at the age of 79. A native of Western North Carolina, Justice acquired his nickname in the Navy, into which he was drafted in 1943. Seeing him dodge tacklers for the Bainbridge Naval Training Center team, an officer remarked, “He looks like a runaway train. We ought to call him ‘Choo Choo.'”

After the war, Justice played for UNC, though many other college vied for his talents. From 1946 to 1949, while Justice played for the Tar Heels, the team had a record of 32-9-2, went to three bowl games and even achieved a number one ranking in the AP Top 10. Justice was named National Player of the Year in 1948, was runner up for the Heisman Trophy in 1948 and 1949 and remains in the record books at UNC for a number of achievements.

Justice played for the Washington Redskins in the National Football League in 1950 and again between 1952 and 1954, before retiring to work in the oil business and then in the insurance industry. He was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1963.

Choo Choo was well known and liked in the Hendersonville area in the oil business and later in the insurance business.   And he was always a special friend to WHKP. 

RURAL (RFD) FREE MAIL DELIVERY STARTED IN NORTH CAROLINA ON OCTOBER 23, 1896

RURAL (RFD) FREE MAIL DELIVERY STARTED IN NORTH CAROLINA ON OCTOBER 23, 1896

AS WHKP CELEBRATES 71 YEARS, WE HONOR OUR STATE'S HISTORY, TOO     

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On October 23, 1896, the first rural free delivery, or RFD mail service in North Carolina was established in the small community of China Grove, near Salisbury in Rowan County.

Postal service via RFD included the delivery of all postal items, free of charge, to citizens at their homes, eliminating the need to visit the local post office. Initially only two citizens were willing to accept the service. Local skepticism for the mail delivery stemmed from concerns about theft and reliability.

Postmaster J.C. Deaton, with two assistants, canvassed the area around China Grove, pleading for local residents to try the system. The new routes covered approximately 18 miles in Rowan County, and were slowly expanded as citizen began to trust the RFD system. Although development was slow, today’s postal system can be traced to this scheme first tested out in North Carolina.

Mail service began in North Carolina in the 1730s as the colonial government extended postal routes through the Carolinas to Charleston. By the 1780s, there were only four post offices in North Carolina. By 1851, the number of post offices had increased to nearly 800.00000000000000000000

A RECORD-SETTING HEAT WAVE THAT STARTED 34 YEARS AGO TODAY:  HENDERSONVILLE HIT 100 DEGREES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN RECORDED WEATHER HISTORY

A RECORD-SETTING HEAT WAVE THAT STARTED 34 YEARS AGO TODAY: HENDERSONVILLE HIT 100 DEGREES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN RECORDED WEATHER HISTORY

HENDERSON COUNTY WEATHER RECORD WERE SET IN THE HEAT WAVE OF AUGUST 18 THROUGH 24 1983

Some of the hottest temperatures in Henderson County’s recordedw eather history occurred August 18th through the 24th in 1983.

85 degrees is the long term average high temperature for Hendersonville on those days. But on August 18 in 1983, Hendersonville set a new record high for the date of 94 degrees. The next day, August 19th, was even hotter with a new record high for the date of96 degrees.

Then, for the first time since weather records had been kept in Hendersonville dating back to the late 1800s, on the next day August 29th 1983, about 3 in the afternoon, Hendersonville set an all time record high for that date of 100 degrees. The temperatures was recorded at WHKP, Hendersonville’s official weather observation station for the National Weather Service.

Temperatures cooled off slightly the next couple of days, with highs of 99 degrees on the 21st and 96 on the 22nd.

But on the 23rd, the heat wave expanded...and Hendersonville set it’s all timed record high temperature of 101 degrees just before 4 pm that day. On duty in Broadcast House that afternoon, we noted that the plate glass windows facing Four Seasons Boulevard from our control room were too hot to touch.

94 degrees was the high temperature the next day on August 24th, and the following day, the heat wave was broken up in the usual way with a series of severe thunderstorms...and temperatures returned to more seasonal levels.

It’s worth noting too....that during that record-setting heat wave in August 1983, overnight low temperatures were not really “low” at all...but stayed in the 70s overnight, which was about 10 degrees hotter than the long term average low for Hendersonville for those days in August.

By Larry Freeman

"HANG DOWN YOUR HEAD, TOM DOOLEY"...DULA CONVICTED OF MURDER OCTOBER 21, 1866

"HANG DOWN YOUR HEAD, TOM DOOLEY"...DULA CONVICTED OF MURDER OCTOBER 21, 1866

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AS WHKP CELEBRATES NORTH CAROLINA HISTORY...AND OUR 71ST YEAR   

Tom Dula: Poor Boy Was Bound to Die

On October 21, 1866, Tom Dula was convicted of the murder of Laura Foster. It was at daybreak that the jury returned the verdict in the Iredell County Courthouse, where it had been moved from Wilkes County. The jury had not received their orders from the judge until about midnight the night before. They deliberated during the night. The defense moved for an arrest of judgment, which was overruled and the judge pronounced sentence: that Thomas Dula be hanged by the neck until dead on November 9, 1866. Former Governor Zebulon B. Vance represented Dula pro bono.

Speculation abounded as to Vance’s reasons for taking the case, one of the few he ever lost before a jury. Regardless of his motives, he gave a spirited defense and succeeded in twice taking the case to the North Carolina Supreme Court. The crowds of spectators and reporters that appeared in the courtroom were as likely there to see the charismatic Vance as they were to hear the sensational testimony. Ultimately, however, the High Court upheld the conviction and Dula was hanged for the crime in May 1868.

YOU MAY HEAR THE KINGSTON TRIO'S FAMOUS SONG FROM TIME TO TIME...ON REAL COUNTRY 

 

 

A WHKP ON-LINE EDITORIAL:  WILL JUSTICE BE DONE FOR TOMMY BRYSON?

A WHKP ON-LINE EDITORIAL: WILL JUSTICE BE DONE FOR TOMMY BRYSON?

WILL JUSTICE BE DONE FOR TOMMY BRYSON?

A WHKP.COM ON-LINE EDITORIAL

AUGUST 1, 2017

Prosecutors have indicated it’s their intention to seek the death penalty for Tommy Bryson’s accused kidnapper and killer, Philip Michael Stroupe II, Good. But how likely is it that justice, swift and sure, in the form of the death penalty, will REALLY happen in this local capital murder case?

In North Carolina, the death penalty has been upheld by the courts and can only be used when someone has died in the commission of a crime.

We advocated the death penalty for the individuals responsible for the terrifying home invasion and brutal, senseless murders of virtually helpless and completely defenseless Connie and Ricky Sparks in Hendersonville in November of 2007. If ever there was a local case that cried out for the extreme penalty, it was that one. Life sentences were imposed by our local courts instead.

We also advocated the death penalty in the 2009 home invasion and homicide of a man as good and decent as Oscar Lee “Poochie” Corn that year. Corn had finished reading his Bible that awful night and was about to work a shift at Ingles when a crime that we all shudder to imagine happened in the sanctity of his home. The end result was no death penalty, but life in prison instead.

The death penalty is supposed to be the ultimate deterrent to such horrible crimes. But in fact, the death penalty is used so seldom in even the most extreme cases, where innocent people have died, here and across North Carolina, that it’s hardly a deterrent at all.

And this unfortunate reluctance by the “system” to use the full force of law and impose “equal justice” on those who have taken innocent lives has sadly been going on for many years, almost to the point of establishing a precedent against the death penalty. A few weeks ago, we observed the 51st anniversary of Henderson County’s infamous “triple murder”. Though never officially solved, the primary suspect in that case was Edward Thompson who kidnapped and assaulted a local woman, shot a deputy sheriff, and terrorized the whole community for weeks. Thompson’s crimes were so atrocious and horrible he was declared an “outlaw” by the governor of North Carolina, under the law at that time, which would have allowed anyone in the community to shoot Thompson on sight. In the end though, Thompson was allowed, by our local courts and the criminal justice system, to live out his days at the expense of the very communities and taxpayers whose lives he shattered and filled with fear...while serving a life sentence.

Just as loudly as these cases, where the whole community had been shaken by the violent, senseless, criminal horror of it all,, the Tommy Bryson kidnapping and homicide is crying out for justice...and for the death penalty for his accused killer, Philip Michael Stroupe II.

We’re not lawyers and don’t pretend to know all the finer points and legal complications involved in capital crimes and the death penalty. But we do know and understand the need for simple justice, sure and swift.

The reluctance of our criminal justice system, here, statewide, and across the country to use the tools it has for justice and to protect us all is a frightening thing for decent, law abiding folks. And what happened to a good man like Tommy Bryson, on his way to take a family member to the doctor, and allegedly at the hands of a fugitive outlaw filled with evil and brutality, is inexcusable, unforgivable, and worthy of no mercy at all.

But, as in the cases of victims like the Sparks and Corn, and with the worst of the worst like Edward Thompson...the Tommy Bryson kidnapping and homicide is now in the hands of a justice system that has let us down in the past...and clearly failed to deter such horrible capital crimes.

Fellow citizens, remain vigilant and let’s watch the prosecution of Stroupe and all the others who may have harbored him or were accessories in his crimes, very closely. And if, when all is said and done, some legal “cop out” is used and the ultimate deterrent is not imposed and carried out...the time will have come to hold the “system” and those elected or appointed who make the laws, interpret the laws, and enforce the laws, those who hold these offices and the public’s trust, fully and completely accountable. Enough is enough.

As always, we invite your comments...on our comments.

By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman August 2017

THE STATUE THAT FOR MANY YEARS HAS GRACED HENDERSONVILLE CITY HALL...DEDICATED BY PRES. TRUMAN ON OCTOBER 19 IN 1948

THE STATUE THAT FOR MANY YEARS HAS GRACED HENDERSONVILLE CITY HALL...DEDICATED BY PRES. TRUMAN ON OCTOBER 19 IN 1948

CELEBRATING LOCAL HISTORY...

AS WHKP CONTINUES TO CELEBRATE 71 YEARS!

Truman Joins His Predecessors in Raleigh, 1948

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Truman speaking at the statue dedication. Image from UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries.On October 19, 1948, President Harry S. Truman visited Raleigh and delivered the main address at the unveiling of the “Presidents North Carolina Gave the Nation” monument on Union Square, which surrounds the State Capitol.

The work honors the three presidents born in North Carolina: Andrew Jackson of Union County, seventh president of the United States (1829-1837); James Knox Polk of Mecklenberg County, eleventh president of the United States (1845-1849); and Andrew Johnson of Wake County, seventeenth president of the United States (1865-1869). Interestingly, while North Carolina claims all three presidents as native sons, all were elected while residents of Tennessee.

The idea for the statue was conceived by Commissioner of Revenue A. J. Maxwell. He took the idea to several legislators and a resolution calling for the monument’s creation passed the General Assembly in March 1943, though work didn’t get underway until a commission was created to complete the project in 1945.

Several sculptors submitted designs for the monument, but the commission ultimately chose New York sculptor Charles Keck for the project. It was one of Keck’s last major works as an artist.

Image from UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries.Governor R. Gregg Cherry, Secretary of the Army Kenneth Royall, U.S. senator and former governor Clyde Hoey and descendants of each of the three presidents joined Truman in dedicating the monument.

The FORMS from which the statues were made are still displayed in the Hendersonville City Hall, lower floor, next to the Police Department. 

 

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JULY 22 MARKS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF CARL SANDBURG, JULY 22ND, 1967

JULY 22 MARKS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF CARL SANDBURG, JULY 22ND, 1967

"HE WAS AMERICA."    

THE LATE KERMIT EDNEY MADE THE SOLEMN ANNOUNCEMENT TO THE HENDERSONVILLE COMMUNITY AND TO THE WORLD ON WHKP RADIO ON JULY 22ND, 1967...THAT CARL SANDBURG HAD DIED.

THE BELOVED POET, LINCOLN BIOGRAPHER, FOLKSONG SINGER, WINNER OF THREE PULITZER PRIZES, AND RAISER OF CHAMPIONSHIP GOATS...CARL SANDBURG...DIED ON JULY 22ND, 1967 AT HIS HOME KNOWN AS "CONNEMARA" IN FLAT ROCK, NORTH CAROLINA.  

LARGELY THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA CONGRESSMAN ROY A. TAYLOR AND THE GENEROSITY OF MRS. SANDBURG, "CONNEMARA" BECAME WHAT IS NOW "THE CARL SANDBURG NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE."  

UPON LEARNING OF SANDBURG'S DEATH, PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON ISSUED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT ON JULY 22ND 1967:  

  "THE ROAD has come to an end for Carl Sandburg, my friend and the good companion of millions whose own life journeys have been ennobled and enriched by his poetry.
But there is no end to the legacy he leaves us.

Carl Sandburg was more than the voice of America, more than the poet of its strength and genius. He was America. We knew and cherished him as the bard of democracy, the echo of the people, our conscience, and chronicler of truth and beauty and purpose.

Carl Sandburg needs no epitaph. It is written for all time in the fields, the cities, the face and heart of the land he loved and the people he celebrated and inspired.

With the world, we mourn his passing. It is our special pride and fortune as Americans that we will always hear Carl Sandburg's voice within ourselves. For he gave us the truest and most enduring vision of our own greatness."

Carl Sandburg's ashes are buried at his Galesburg, Illinois home....under a granite boulder called "Remembrance Rock", the title of Sandburg's only novel. 

JULY 22ND, 2017...THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF CARL SANDBURG